First off, no, I don’t condone suicide. I just think this is very therapeutic AND might just prevent suicide: writing your own obituary. That is just what author Jane Lotter did. She didn’t plan and commit suicide. She just wrote her own obit to express her happiness! If you’re planning to be a total recluse, writing your own obit is a great idea too. Ho Van Thanh and his son fled the Vietnam War then Spent 40 Years Alone in a Jungle Treehouse. If he wrote his own obit, his relatives wouldn’t have searched and found them. But in his case, it was fortuitous he didn’t.
‘Authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai Wednesday rescued a father and son who have been living up a tree house in the jungle for more than 40 years.
‘It took many hours and around 40 kilometers through the jungle for the officials to reach the men’s place, which had been found by some of their family members…’
‘Seattle-based author and editor Jane Catherine Lotter had many accomplishments in her life — notably, a weekly humor column called “Jane Explains” and a recently published comic novel, The Bette Davis Club — but at the end of her life, she didn’t define success in terms of her career achievements.
‘Lotter died of endometrial cancer on July 18 at the age of 60, survived by her husband, 19-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter. One of the “few advantages” of dying of cancer, Lotter wrote with characteristic humor and wit in the Seattle Times, “is that you have time to write your own obituary.” Lotter’s touching tribute to her own life went viral on Twitter shortly after it was published.
‘So what did she see as the great successes of her life?…’
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