Woman Pens Her Own Heartwarming Obituary Before Dying Of Cancer
A self-written obituary has gone viral for encouraging conversation about death with its humorous nature.
Bailey Jean Matheson decided to write her own obituary after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer two years ago.
She died, aged 35, earlier this month and her heartwarming final words to loved ones were published in her local newspaper, The Chronicle Herald.
"35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good," Bailey wrote.
After her diagnosis, Bailey decided not to go down the route of chemotherapy, in a bid to "live the rest of my life the way I believed it should be," and she used her final words to thank her family for supporting her decision.
"I know how hard that must have been watching me stop treatment and letting nature take its course," she told her parents. "I love you both even more for this."
Bailey continued to thank her friends, who played a big role in her life as an only child.
"To my friends, being an only child I've always cherished my friendships more than anything because I've never had siblings of my own.
"I never thought I could love my friends more than I did but going through this and having your unconditional love and support you have made something that is normally so hard, more bearable and peaceful," she said.
Bailey found love with Brent, on Tinder, just three months before her diagnosis.
"You had no idea what you were getting yourself into when you swiped right that day," she said. "I couldn't have asked for a better man to be by my side for all the adventures, appointments, laughs, cries and breakdowns.
"You are an amazing person and anyone in your life is so fortunate to know you."
Bailey continued to thank all her doctors, palliative care team and social workers, as well as the many people who fundraised in her name.
She finished the emotional piece with some important advice that we could all take from as she wrote "don't take the small stuff so seriously and live a little."
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