“She was a loner”

I recently wrote two versions of my obituary – drinking and sober.  This has prompted you to send in your obituaries too. Here’s what I received from 1111:

#1 Obituary – Drinking:

1111 died, at age 62, after tripping and falling down her basement stairs. The autopsy concluded that there was a toxic alcohol level in her body. She lived alone and her body was not found for 2 weeks. 1111 was a loner. She was a retired kitchen designer. Her neighbors said, “we hardly ever saw her”. She is survived by some family members who had not seen her in quite a while. There will be no service or calling hours.

#2 Obituary – Sober:

1111, age 96, died at home. She was surrounded by nieces, nephews, close friends and her longtime life partner (his name to be determined!). She was an active participant in the dance community, well known for her ceramic art which was shown nationally and internationally and volunteered at many local organizations. Her home, which she restored herself, has long been a favorite on the Mid-Century Modern home tours. She was a health advocate and was often seen on her long walks along the river. Her positive attitude, spiritual nature and kindness will be long remembered by all who knew her.


and then she writes to me: “If I need any reassurance I’ll take door #2!”


** Note: most of my communications these days are going out by micro-email. You can add yourself to the email list here. Invitations to live calls, group events, photos, stuff — it’s all being sent by email. There was an email earlier today about evil family members. You didn’t miss that one, did you? Let me know and I can send it to you.


I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • These obituaries are so good! A great exercise for when we need a reminder about why we’re doing this sober thing.