Man's Self-Written Obituary Goes Viral

| by Zara Zhi
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A Canadian man’s self-written obituary has gone viral after it was published.

Angus B. MacDonald of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, wrote a quirky, colorful obituary for himself in The Cape Breton Post that has been lauded by complete strangers.

"I bought the farm. I bit the dust. So I guess I'm off to the promised land eh? The promised land! Imagine!"

In the memorial, MacDonald pondered about how he'll be remembered, and honored his family.  

"So anyway, I think I was a pretty nice guy, despite being a former punk and despite what some people would say about me. What did they know about me anyway? I loved my family and cared for them through good times and bad; I did my best.

"I had some serious health problems the last few years, but survived them (up till now anyway) with the help of my wife, Brenda; my granddaughter, Nicole; my sweetheart little dog, Scarlett, and my rescue kitten, Dolly."  

MacDonald recalls the loss he felt when his dog Scarlett died in 2013.

"So I guess if there's a place in the afterlife where little dogs and old dawgs go, then that's where you'll find me and Scarlett. Maybe I'll see you all there sometime." 

His obituary was so poignant that people who have never met MacDonald gave their condolences.

"I did not have the pleasure of meeting you, but you have inspired me to write [my obituary]. That was awesome," wrote Raylene Broussard in a comment. "Scarlett is awaiting you ... Rest in peace."

He also used his obituary to describe his memorial wishes, reports CBC News.

"I don't want a funeral," he wrote. "A funeral is a waste of harrrrrrd earned and harrrrrrd saved money that my family can use now. I was a very private person in life, so I don't want to end that life with people gawking at me while I lay in a coffin."

As an alternative, MacDonald wanted to be cremated and for his ashes to be scattered, jesting: "So instead of going to see the great creator, I will be going to see the great cremater."

MacDonald requested that funeral donations be made to the palliative care unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

"Happy trails! Love Angus B. MacDonald."

Sources: CBC News, Cape Breton Post / Photo credit: Cape Breton Post

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