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Writing your own obituary is your final selfie

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Can't trust the local newspaper or even your family to get your obituary right? Then just do it yourself.

Mac King was born in Seattle, Washington, to Marjorie and Richard, on December, 19, 1986. He passed away on ___ . He is survived by ___, ___, ___, and a story he told on March, 31, 2014, about the beginning of self-obituaries like this one.

"A woman in my first class really put it best: If I don't write it down, who will remember what I accomplished?" says Sarah White, who presides over the Society of Personal Historians. She has also taught an obituary writing class both online and in person for the last eight years. Sarah credits much of the growing interest in her course to Baby Boomers concerned with their legacy.

"Just the idea of taking a little more control over what is said about you as opposed to leaving it to the funeral director and what your relatives remember to say at a time that's very stressful for them," Sarah says.

Actor Jim Rebhorn wrote his own obituary for his church's website. A grandfather in Delaware did the same but for his family's amusement.

Friends and family remember Mac for his scintillating wit, rugged good looks, outstanding athleticism, and a modesty and selflessness, growing increasingly more rare in today's self-absorbed culture.

Here are some mini selfie-obits we got from people we talked to:

"Rachel was an incredibly beautiful woman."

"John came. John saw. John was a daddy."

"Mike was a lot of fun."

"Sauron was a hard-worker."

"People found him humorous."

"Lived well at the bar."

"Your use of the word 'selfie,' the selfie obit, I had not thought of that before but that's so apt," Sarah says. "We're snapping pictures of ourselves everywhere. Why not a final snapshot of who we are?"

A service is planned at ___ for ___.

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