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When an Obituary Goes Viral, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA


The unusual obituary of an unusual man has recently gone viral online. According to his daughter, people have found it inspirational and contributed money to his foundation as a result.

Chris Connors was a man who apparently did not like rules of any kind, except perhaps if there was a rule. Connors had a personal rule to break it.

According to his obituary, Connors went swimming in the ocean off the coast of Maine in January, was stabbed trying to stop a woman from being mugged, reached the base camp of Mount Everest, occasionally cross dressed, boxed against a hospice worker wearing a bikini and much more.

His obituary published on the Internet began by stating that he died from whisky and stubbornness, according to FOX News in “Man’s family gives him the ultimate obituary.”

The obituary has apparently gone viral, as people are sharing it online. It was drafted by Connors’ daughter and a cousin. The daughter says people are contacting her to tell her the obituary is inspirational and some are even contributing to Connors’ charitable foundation.

This is a relatively new trend in obituaries.

Instead of sticking to the dry facts of a deceased person’s life, people are trying to inject humor and make the obituaries memorable. Many of these obituaries are then published online, where they are shared by thousands, if not millions, of people.

One caution: not everyone wants the intimate details of their lives exposed on the Internet, even after they have passed away.

Those who are seniors or at the end of their lives due to an illness, might want to mention something to their families if they would prefer a more traditional and private obituary.

Reference: FOX News (Dec. 16, 2016) “Man’s family gives him the ultimate obituary.”

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