This week, my dad's obituary was printed in his hometown newspaper and posted on their website. He was a naval intelligence officer during WW2, then a CIA political analyst. He soon embarked on a second career as a political science professor, giving, rather than gathering, information.
He was 94 when he passed, and few of his peers are still alive. A comment notes his people skills as a teacher, and how his stories made historical events come alive.
His obituary is factual, succinct, and (I'm sorry to say) bland. What if obituaries could read more like synopses? Put some jazz into them.
Peoples' lives have highs and lows, good times and bad. What if we wrote our life stories and left them for our families? Would they be shocked? Would they laugh. Shudder? Shake their heads?
Would they print them?