I like to read the obituaries of people who have recently died. This habit of mine sometimes strikes others as creepy, but for me, it’s a fascinating way to learn about the legacies people leave behind after their earthly lives have ended. It’s also a powerful reminder of the importance of using the time I have left in my own life to focus on what truly matters most.
What information do others who knew deceased people consider important enough to include in their obituaries? Sometimes it’s only what a resume would mention (lists of accomplishments from careers and volunteer work). But sometimes, the obituaries include information that goes deeper, describing something about who the people were in terms of their character, what they believed, and how they acted on those beliefs. I always wonder if the souls of those people can read their own obituaries from the afterlife — and if so, what they think about how their loved ones have presented the stories of their lives.
Doing lots of research into the afterlife lately for my stories on near-death experiences on the About.com Angels and Miracles site, I’m even more convinced that those of us who are still in the throes of everyday living have many valuable lessons to learn from the dead. The most important one? Live every day that God gives us in light of what matters most — eternal values — so we can leave the best legacy behind when it’s our turn to go.
Have you had a near-death experience and would be willing to share you story to help others looking for inspiration and encouragement? If so, please consider sending me your story to post on the About.com site.