Obituaries have traditionally been written by funeral homes with input from the family of the deceased. Because of difficult circumstances of losing a loved one, the grieving family members often provided disjointed information that perhaps their loved one would not have approved. Baby boomers are beginning to change this approach by writing their own obituaries. In a recent Wall Street Journal article (“Tell Your Last Life Story: Obituary Writing in the Selfie Age”), Stephen Kemp, president of the Haley Funeral Directors in Bloomfield, Michigan is quoted as saying that “[b]aby boomers want to tell their own story.” Out of this desire has grown a cottage industry of obituary coaching. Many funeral homes, senior centers and other venues now offer obituary writing classes where anyone can learn the secrets of writing a compelling obituary. Books such as “Obitkit” and “Writing an Obituary Worth Reading” (both available on Amazon) can offer valuable suggestions in writing an obituary that best captures your life. If it is your desire to “tell your own story”, then take advantage of these valuable resources.