Walter George Bruhl Jr. wrote one of the most famously funny obituaries in recent memory: his own.
Walt became an Internet celebrity for leaving behind an obituary that has his family and (now) the world, smiling. “I’m sure he’s laughing back down at us,” said his son Martin. “It has helped lighten things. He loved to write; he always wanted to be published, and this is a home run.”
Rather than viewing death as something to fear, Walt’s obituary shows his humorous stance on the cycle of life. When his family read the obituary they were “crying and laughing at the same time.”
Some examples of his witty farewell: “Walter George Bruhl Jr. is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker. His spirit was released from this worn-out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe,” which means his wife “can finally buy that mink coat.”
Walt placed a final request in his obituary that inspired his grandson Sam to post it to Reddit, a social media site. Walt asked others “to raise a glass of their favorite drink in his memory” and to “do an unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name.”
The Reditt post received more than 1,600 comments, with many people pledging to do good deeds in Walt’s memory. He had a very peaceful and philosophical approach to death,” Sam said. “At the end, he’d say, ‘Why take it so seriously?
Get inspired by Walt’s take on the end of life by reading his full obituary here.