‘I was born, I blinked and it was over’: Woman shares obit with family before dying

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Life is just too short. For one woman in Jacksonville, Fla. her time with her family abruptly came to an end due to circumstances out of her control, but her story has lived on to touch the hearts of many, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Emily Debrayda Phillips was sitting in hospice with her husband and two children when she decided to read them the obituary she had written for herself.

“It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away,” the obituary began. “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. ”

Phillips had been battling pancreatic cancer. She was 69 years old when she died, and instead of focusing on her struggles she comically captured her life in a series of stories that most likely put smiles on the faces of those she loved and inspired in her journey through life.

“So in the end, remember…do your best, follow your arrow, and make something amazing out of your life. Oh, and never stop smiling.” Phillips said in the obituary.

Click here to read Phillips’ farewell that celebrates her life without dwelling on the negativity that she faced.


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