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My mom and Kevin, 1975.

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Kevin Alston

​Here's an example of Kevin, our family's close friend's obituary. I thought his life could have been represented more positively but his obituary had been published already. So I did the only thing I could do: in the Guest Book comments, I wrote an "alternative" tribute, describing how our family would remember him. 

We are all much more than our hard times or our illnesses. Our presence affects many, some we know instinctively while others we may never know. I wanted all to know how much we loved and appreciated his presence in our lives.

This obituary example validates the concept of writing your own because you don't know how loved ones may choose to frame your life, especially in the rare case, in which you may be estranged from them. 

"You've gotta ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?" ~ Harry/Dirty Harry (one of Kevin's favorite movies)


Or, who knows?! You may outlive everyone - friends and family - and there is no one around who truly knows you, to write about you. None of us can predict the future so there's no harm in being prepared with your own "Last Call." 

Do you want to steer the direction of what is last said about you, by saying it yourself?