FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Several funeral homes are offering future customers the chance to write their own obituaries.

In fact, an increasing number of folks planning for their funerals are coming in with prepared obituaries for themselves, United Press International reports.

“Sometimes it’s handwritten, typed, or they will bring a printout from a computer. The only thing missing is the date of death,” Rick Waites, the director of Lake Worth’s Palm Beach National Chapel, told the Florida Sun Sentinel.

He explained, “They want to get their story across when they are gone and not leave it to other people.”

The paper reportedly spoke with one Vero Beach couple who are presently drafting their obits.

Ellen Gower, 72, and her husband, 78, made the decision to write their own life stories after doing so for other relatives.

She told the Sun Sentinel that the practice allows the deceased to be written about in a way that reflects how they wish to be remembered.

“When you write your own [obituary], you can fashion it as lightheartedly or as seriously as YOU would like,” Gower noted in an email. “[H]opefully the way it’s written, in addition to the content, will help to convey a sense of who you were.”


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