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You Brought Nothing Into This World . . .

African American news from Pasadena - Personal Finance - Estate planning and designing your own funeral and obituaryIt is certain, you shall not carry anything out of this world, except maybe your reputation. Did you hear the story about Alfred Nobel? When Nobel's brother died, a newspaper ran a long obituary of Alfred Nobel, believing that it was he who had passed away. Sentences in the obituary similar to this one horrified Mr. Nobel, "He was the inventor of dynamite, which was used to kill thousands upon thousands of people." After reading his own obituary, Alfred Nobel realized he wanted to improve his reputation and that is why he established and funded the now world famous Nobel Peace Prize.

Your obituary, funeral and estate plan are usually your last opportunity to solidify, improve or change your reputation. Many of my clients tell me that they are writing their own obituaries and planning some, if not all, of the details of their funerals. In fact, I encourage them to do so. Personally, I have gone so far as to select the photo I want published in my funeral program – a glamour shot that I took a few years ago.

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