Annabelle Buckner Allen's time on earth was short, but seemingly every moment was stuffed with twice the living of a normal person. Her inspirational spirit shines through her obituary (with a little help from Annabelle herself, of course).
She wanted her obituary to just say "Helen Sagerer, Dead," but no way could that suffice for such an interesting, hilarious lady.
Sometimes, the simplest tributes can tell us so much about a person, even if we only know her as "Guadalupe." This remarkable obituary is poetic in its directness and elegant in its simplicity. It is also one of the most moving we've read in some time.
In her own words, Marianne Tillman describes the importance of humor in getting through life.
College professor Charles Flora delivers a Master's Class on obituaries, and shares more than a few laughs.
A great prankster is remembered for his innate greatness, and plumbing skills.
While it's not that unusual for a person to write her own obituary, it is pretty rare for her to do it in the form of a poem. Barbara Lee Mingrone delivers a witty, funny and touching farewell.
Frank McRae was a character in every sense of the word. He was "a red state man, writ large: he liked NASCAR and hot dogs, B.B. King and J.W. Dant..."