Have you ever written your own obituary? It’s a bit freaky isn’t it?
Writing your obituary helps you get more focused in your life. It may sound freaky, but writing about oneself in the past tense can force an honest reckoning, help to conquer fears and bring goals into focus, say therapists and life coaches.
Dave Wheitner , founder of Idealist Coach in Squirrel Hill explains;
“It can be very helpful in helping us to define what our sense of life purpose is, which can be a very helpful anchor point,” he says. “Secondly, it can help us clarify what our key values are. When we’re doing something like writing our own obituary, those values tend to come out. How much do we value family? How much do we value the legacy that we’re leaving through our career? What are the things we want people to remember us by?”
With the help of my friend, a newspaper journalist, I managed to get some writing tips and samples on how to write an obituary, which guided me to write my own. So how about you give it a try just like I did?
Ayman Knaifati, 75, of Beirut, died Sunday.
He was born on Nov. 19, 1987, in Hamra. Ayman K. graduated from CMC high school, Beirut in 2008 and received a BA in Social Work from Haigazian University in 2013.
In 2017 Ayman got his Master degree in Social Work from the University of Lucknow, India, and lived there most of his lifetime, before relocating with his life partner , where they lived together in Ireland.
Ayman was a Peace activist, and an active member of Amnesty international Organization, which he played a big role to end grave abuses of human rights in 2021. He worked in several Organizations in his lifetime; UNICEF where he aided children of war in the Middle East, and Pratham NGO, in which he worked towards educating the unprivileged children in the slums of Mumbai, India.
Ayman lived in many countries, traveling was his passion. His whole time was dedicated to helping others. As his life-partner simina summarizes Ayman’s life with two words “ simplicity and adventure” may he rest in peace.