Will it only be a list of information, a collection of the external?
Born in so-and-so, to these parents of this descent, lived here and then here, and then here. Worked as a nurse, a cook, an accountant, managed a dry cleaning business, taught fifth graders or at the university, produced movies. (Your name here) loved dogs/cats, was notorious for having ice cream for dinner.
Or maybe include a little something more. How you used colorful expressions – I need a little alcohol in my radiator. I’d rather see the devil come. He’s dumb as a fencepost.
How you instilled in others a sense of curiosity, wonder. What your passion was, what made you feel most alive, what sustained you in difficult times? What drove your courage, your work, your will? What was the nature of your heart, your spirit?
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