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Grandfather Pens Hilarious Self-Written Obit Before Passing Away

Mar 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM Chime in now

Walter George Bruhl Jr. wrote his own hilarious obit and it's now on Reddit

Sam Bruhl/Reddit

Would you write your own obit before passing away? That's what one man did -- and it’s more humorous than you’d expect. Sam Bruhl posted this essay, written by his grandfather, Walter George Bruhl Jr., to Reddit on Monday (a day after his grandfather died).

What followed was a stream of comments from other users expressing their condolences and commenting on the older Bruhl’s sense of humour and his refreshing attitude toward death.

One Reddit user wrote: “Great obituaries are ones when after you read it, even if you didn't know the person, you felt a pang of loss and some disappointment of never having had the chance to meet that person. this (sic) was one of those obituaries.”

And we couldn't agree more. While most obits are heartfelt accounts of the deceased individual’s achievements in life and the loved ones they leave behind, Bruhl’s includes anecdotes about what he's leaving behind.

“Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935, a spinal disc in 1974, a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988, and his prostate on March 27th 2000,” he wrote. Even his wife wasn't safe (he teased her about now being free to buy a fur coat for herself).

There’s also this comical (but kind of creepy if you imagine it) gem: “There will be no viewing since his wife refuses to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand so that he would appear natural to visitors.”

Aside from Bruhl’s bursts of hilarity, the letter actually recounts his accomplishments, including graduating high school, which he added was “to his mother’s great relief,” and achieving the rank of a sergeant in the Korean War.

Bruhl ended the essay with a request to honour and remember him through “unexpected acts of kindness.”

Would you consider writing your own obituary? What would it say? Tweet us @iVillageCanada.


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