Sven-Olof Svensson, 81, was reading the Jonkopings-Posten, a local newspaper, when he came across his own obituary.
His 90-year-old sister had submitted the obituary to the paper after he had admitted himself to a hospital Christmas Eve because he was feeling “unwell.”
The sister spoke with doctors, but apparently didn’t understand her brother’s diagnosis. She mistakenly assumed Svensson was dead and started writing up an obituary about her brother with the help of his friend, Lars Faltskog.
When Faltskog went to pick up Svensson’s items from the hospital, he found his friend very much alive.
“Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Svensson jokingly told reporters.
Svensson understands the mistake and holds no grudges.
“It’s understandable to me that there may have been a mistake, even if it was fatal, in this case,” Svensson said. “According to my sister, she rang up the doctors and talked about me and, as she understood it, I had died. It’s clear that she was shocked.”
Despite his own shock, Svensson realizes an obituary is a part of life and said “you don’t feel much,” when it comes to reading your own obituary.
“We are all on the same road,” he said. “Sooner or later, you are going to end up in the obituary section. I’ve lived a fantastic life.”