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Florida Grandmother Pens Her Own Obituary Before Succumbing To Cancer

| by Dominic Kelly
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The self-written obituary of a Florida grandmother is quickly going viral, as it paints a clear picture of exactly the type of person Emily Phillips was.

Only 29 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, 69-year-old Emily Phillips passed away. Prior to her death, however, the loving mom and grandma penned her own obituary, giving the world a glimpse at who she was and leaving behind a lasting legacy.

“It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away,” the obituary begins. “Everyone told me it would happen one day but that's simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. Once again I didn't get things my way! That's been the story of my life all my life.”

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Phillips goes on to explain important parts of her life and reminisces about different memories she has as a child. She also gives an incredible tribute to her grandchildren, whom she says she fell in love with.

“Just when I thought I was too old to fall in love again, I became a grandmother, and my five grand-angels stole not only my heart, but also spent most of my money,” Phillips writes as she names each of her five grandchildren.

By the end of the obituary, Phillips reminds those in mourning that she is always with them, and in closing, she makes a lighthearted joke about dancing naked.

“So…I was born; I blinked; and it was over. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor,” Phillips writes. “But I DID have the chance to know and love each and every friend as well as all my family members. How much more blessed can a person be? So in the end, remember…do your best, follow your arrow, and make something amazing out of your life. Oh, and never stop smiling. If you want to, you can look for me in the evening sunset or with the earliest spring daffodils or amongst the flitting and fluttering butterflies. You know I'll be there in one form or another. Of course that will probably comfort some while antagonizing others, but you know me…it's what I do. 

“I'll leave you with this…please don't cry because I'm gone; instead be happy that I was here. (Or maybe you can cry a little bit. After all, I have passed away),” Phillips concludes. “Today I am happy and I am dancing. Probably naked.”

 

Phillips’ obituary has quickly gone viral, and her daughter Bonnie Upright says she’s happy she got to hear her mother read it before she died.

“It was one of the most special moments of my life to hear my mother tell her life story in her words, in her way, in what were incredibly difficult circumstances," Upright said to ABC News. "So as tragic and as sad as death is, her courage and her bravery in facing her death and in wanting to leave a mark her way is incredibly special to the family."

Read the Emily Phillips' obituary in full here.

Sources: ABC News, The Jacksonville Times-Union / Photo Sources: ABC News, The Jacksonville Times-Union