Morbid or insightful? Sad or celebratory? Study obituaries,from a historical perspective–the first one published– to modern day obits, using the New York Times as the gold standard of obit writing. Why study obits now? Because for Baby Boomers, crafting their own last words has become a nationwide trend. We’ll study how we got to this point, while also learning about what makes a life story a great read. Reveal the joy and beauty of one’s last story, as well as the humor and honesty–or conversely, the clichés and platitudes.