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“How Would You Like Your Obituary to Read?”

Categories: Author: Larry Coffey, Sin, Truth

How Would You Like Your Obituary to Read?

By Larry Coffey

In Revelation 14:13, we read as follows: And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

As we know, obituaries are generally always very positive with a list of accomplishments and great character traits in addition to family connections. Rarely is anything negative included regardless of a person’s real character. For example, I read these in a recent Louisville Courier Journal Sunday edition.

--Mike was a brilliant man that lived with conviction, led with wisdom and always left room for humor. He had unparalleled wit.

--David was a graduate of the University of KY and achieved his most valued personal accomplishment when he earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was an avid reader, an intellectual conversationalist and a supporter of the arts.

--Sandra dedicated her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother and was the foundation of the family. She was an excellent gift giver, always knew the right thing to say, never missed a special date, and was a constant cheerleader and supporter.

In contrast and quite unusual, I read the following obituary in the September 9, 2023 edition of the Grayson County News.

--Butch died on August 28. One could say it was an unsuspected passing, but this sort of ugly, unceremonious death can always be expected when you choose drugs over anything else, including your own children. These children (names listed) aren’t left to “honor his memory”, they are left to wonder why they were never enough for him to get clean, and to deal with the pain of never having a real, present father. If you are reading this and thinking it is terrible, you’re right, it’s terrible, the terrible ugly truth of the consequences of living a life of drugs. Butch will be cremated with no public service.

Like me, you probably never read an obituary that told the ugly truth about someone. It reminds me of a story I heard a long time ago (probably not true, but humorous). I was told a man was attending a funeral and the preacher was going on and on about how great the deceased was, and the man spoke up and said, “Who is that man up there in the casket? It sure isn’t the man I knew.”

The point of this article is that if you knew that your obituary was going to reflect the real person you were in life, the one the Lord knew, how would it read? We need to be sure we live a life that could have an obituary that is full of deeds which follow us that please our Lord.