Would You Write Your Own Epitaph?

The famous scene in HBO’s “Six Feet Under” shows the Fisher family scion, Nathaniel, being sideswiped by a bus while driving his new hearse.  He never had a chance to write his own epitaph (“Father, Husband, Caregiver.”), but you do.

What would you want your epitaph to say?  Amy Kane of Atlantic Ave, pointed out that 1st [or November 2nd depending on your source] was “Plan Your Own Epitaph Day.”

What is the history of “Plan Your Own Epitaph Day”?  It appears that one Lance Hardie, who, in an amazing coincidence, wrote a book called “How To Write Your Own Epitaph–And Live Long Enough to Enjoy It,” was the creator/promoter of this day.  You have to wonder what he would like for an epitaph (something like, “I was an epitaph marketer extraordinaire!“). [listen to his best interviews]

If you decide to write your own epitaph, it is best to have several people review it.  Don’t make the mistake that A.B.’s brother did:

To the Memory of Abraham Beaulieu
Born 15 September 1822
Accidentally shot 4th April 1844
As a mark of affection from his brother
–La Pointe, Wisconsin


-Wikipedia: Epitaph-

-The Genealogue: “I Told You I Was Sick”-

-The Genealogue: “Leave ’em Laughing-

-Kids Projects of Plan Your Epitaph Day-

-The Epitaph Browser-

-Funny Stones to Tickle Your Funny Bones-

-Favorite Epitaphs-

-Spike Milligans Gets Last Laugh on Tombstone-


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