9 Of The Most Incredible Obituaries Ever Written

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Obituaries are one of the most unique forms of literature ever written.

They’re one of the few writings that truly capture someone’s life… if written correctly.

Over the years, we’ve seen many people deciding that the traditional obituary is not for them. Instead, many people today want an obituary that’s memorable and not cookie cutter. One that makes you laugh, cry, or inspires you. We don’t know about you, but a good obituary can truly leave an impression on us. And that’s why we’ve come up with our nine favorite obituaries ever written. But beware: laughter, tears, and inspiration are ahead.

1. Mary A. “Pink” Mullaney

You know when an obituary starts off saying “If you’re about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop” that it’s going to be a great one. This hilarious yet touching obituary continues by explaining all of the lessons we can learn from Mary: “We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Pink during her 85 years, among them: Never throw away old pantyhose. Use the old ones to tie gutters, child-proof cabinets, tie toilet flappers, or hang Christmas ornaments. Also: If a possum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbecue brush to coax him out. If he doesn’t leave, brush him for twenty minutes and let him stay.”

Read the full obituary here.

2. Jane Catherine Lotter

This self-written obituary was published by the author of the widely known “The Bette Davis Club”, Jane Catherine, when she realized her time on Earth was coming to an end. She begins her obituary by saying “One of the few advantages of dying from Grade 3, Stage IIIC endometrial cancer, recurrent and metastasized to the liver and abdomen, is that you have time to write your own obituary. (The other advantages are no longer bothering with sunscreen and no longer worrying about your cholesterol.).” We love this obituary because instead of counting career achievements, Jane uses the words of her obituary to thank the people closest to her for teaching her, loving her and being in her life. This obituary is both beautiful and transcendental, and that’s why we love it.

Read the full obituary here.

3. Walter George Bruhl, Jr.

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This gem of an obituary came our way through Facebook. Posted by his grandson, he explains “Typical of my PopPop: he cut out the middleman and wrote his own damn obituary. He’s the only man I’ve ever known to be able to add his own humor like this. So glad I got to read one more thing from my favorite writer.” Not only is this obituary self-written and hilarious, but it’s also inspiring. At the end of the obituary, Walter requests that “Instead of flowers, Walt would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name”.

Read the full obituary here.

4. Harry Stamps

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Out of all the obituaries listed here, Harry Stamps’ obituary takes the cake. Written by his daughter, Amanda Lewis, this obituary is probably the funniest piece of literature we’ve ever read. In her father’s obituary, Amanda describes her father as a ladies man who didn’t take fashion cues from anyone. She goes on to tell us that he had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, hated Martha Stewart and cats, and belonged to a Bacon of The Month Club. Harry’s last wish? “Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.”

Read the full obituary here.

5. Lou Reed

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This isn’t so much an obituary as it is a letter to the people who knew Lou, but it’s beautiful and deserves a spot on this list. Lou’s wife wrote this obituary for Lou, and you can’t help but get teary-eyed when you make it to the concluding sentence that reads “Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.”

Read the full obituary here

6. William “Freddie” McCullough

Just like Harry Stamps, William “Freddie” McCullough seems like one heck of a man. His epically hilarious and witty obituary is one of our favorites because of it’s offbeat language and tone. It’s a great contrast to the cookie cutter obituaries you see in the newspaper everyday. Our favorite part? “Freddie was killed when he rushed into a burning orphanage to save a group of adorable children. Or maybe not. We all know how he liked to tell stories.”

Read the full obituary here.

7. Nevena Ann Topic

We’re not sure who wrote Ann’s obituary, but whoever did should be honored for their ability to write such a touching yet simple message honoring her life. The obituary takes a different approach to death, referring to it as a “call”, where the author writes “Ann would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which she will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends she has not seen in a long time.”

Read the full obituary here.

8. Duck “Doug” Silverman

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It’s not everyday that you read an obituary about a pet. But the actress and comedian, Sarah Silverman, took a stab at writing her first her obituary for the love of her life… her dog named Duck. Oddly enough, this obituary was the one who brought tears to our eyes the fastest, especially when she says, “I held him close in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love.” The way Sarah describes her love for Duck is the way you’d describe the kind of love you’ve had all of your life, and that’s why her touching tribute to Duck deserves a spot on this list.

Read the full obituary here

9. Spencer Watson Seupel

If your son committed suicide, the hardest thing you could ever do is write his obituary. But Spencer’s mom, in the midst of her grief, wrote one of the most beautifully written obituaries we’ve ever read. This obituary isn’t even just an obituary; It’s a message that Spencer’s mom has for the world about suicide. Her message is this: “Now Spencer, finally, is at rest, and I hold him close within me. Please hold him close, as I do, in your mind and your spirit. Remember the meaning of this tragedy. If a young man or woman says maybe I’ll kill myself, tell someone. Don’t leave him alone. If a young man or woman drinks too much, say something. It’s not a game; it’s a symptom. And let us find and encourage within ourselves, within our society, those gifts that make each of us special: not star power, not intellectual prowess, but the ineffable mystery and extraordinary beauty of the simple human heart.”

Read the full obituary here

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What’s the best obituary you’ve ever read? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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  5. sylvia

    The most beautiful and important obituary I have written to date would be that of the wonderful man I called daddy for most of my life …
    http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/ivpressonline/obituary.aspx?n=jose-ricardo-ayala&pid=170912362&referrer=0&preview=false

  6. Ann Pollert

    These are great! Thanks for posting.

  7. kristin howard

    I was asked to write my dad’s obituary and eulogy and it was a pleasure to honor him in a manner I believe he would have truly appreciated.
    There was a follow-up letter to the editor commenting on the obituary:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1571917956157139&set=p.1571917956157139&type=3&theater

  8. Laine Alex Moore

    The obituary I wrote for my husband, Lorenzo Moore. I was tired of impersonal, cookie-cutter obituaries.
    http://www.elliottmortuary.com/home/index.cfm?action=obituaries.obit_view&o_id=657899&fh_id=10406

  9. Hawkeye Haven

    Please see the obituary of Teresa Haven listed at http://www.norvelowensmortuary.com in 2016. Feedback welcome. Thank you.

  10. Pamela R Ashworth

    The courage and the pain that Robin Willams had, yet kept going to the very end. There are so many people like this that we do not know, That wind up take this route not due to course. But keep their family spared from excess pain, speculcation and gossip. I have known quite a few my line to take their lives’ and I do believe they were not only`God understood all, as he always does, and forgives.

  11. Noel Provost

    This obituary appeared in the in the Website of the Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home website. (www.grunnagle.com).

    John (Jack) Provost
    10/21/1931 – 2/14/2017

    If you are reading this autobituary it means that I died. In planning for the last story of my life I knew that I would need to live an active, interesting and meaningful life so you wouldn’t be bored. I hope you aren’t disappointed.

    I’ll start it with, “Wow what a ride!” I was born in New Bedford Massachusetts to Blanch and Henry Provost. After high school I spent 4 years in the Navy then headed West and in 1959 landed in Gilroy CA where I married Allyce (Penny) Christianson and where we raised our sons Noel and Brian.

    I started my working life as an engineer at United Technology Center in Sunnyvale and Coyote, CA then in 1973 took ownership of a 7-11 Store in Gilroy. Then in 1991, Penny and I moved to Arizona for the rest of our lives.

    It is a bummer that I died from a heart attack when there were so many thrill seeking adrenalin pumping adventures where I thought I was going to die but didn’t. Such as the hundreds of thousands of miles that I logged as I crissed and crossed the continental United States on my motorcycle(s), crashing several times…Bungee Jumping the Macau Tower in New Zealand…Diving at the Great Barrier Reef, and with the Great White Sharks and the Saltwater Crocodiles in the cage of Death in Australia…And, running with the Bulls in Spain.

    I also embarked on adventures in my own backyard such as tandem skydiving, whitewater rafting the Colorado River and traveling through and exploring the Desert landscape that occupies Arizona.

    Penny passed away in December of 2007. A few years later I recruited a new partner in crime, Norma Smith who rode shotgun through our journeys, and the rest of my life. She bandaged and helped me to take care of me until the next pursuit of excitement. Together we enjoyed backstage concert passes to Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi concerts and many other quality pleasures.

    I am preceded in death by my wife Penny and my son Brian. I am survived by my son Noel and his wife Katherine; my grandson’s Mitchell, Nicholas and Tyler; and my great granddaughters Mia and Natalie.

    Some more interesting and fun facts about me include:
    My Passport doesn’t require a photograph.
    When I go to Spain I chase the bulls.
    Sharks have a week dedicated to me.
    I am the most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty my friend!

    And so…now I am on to my next great journey. CIAO.

  12. R S Prasad

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1402148096597313&set=a.1402148066597316.1073741851.100004064083685&type=3&theater

    An obituary written from heart will always pull the strings in your heart when you read it. I read this every week. It helps me to be a better person.

    Short and full of message. I hope anyone who read it will agree to what she has written.