Could there be anything more depressing than having this as the leading sentence of your obituary? From The Philadelphia Inquirer this morning:
"Martha "Sunny" von Bulow, 76, the heiress who spent the last 28 years of her life in oblivion ..."
I'm certainly no expert on the von Bulow case. But here's what I do know, and what I want my family members to know (if they don't already).
Do not - I repeat - do not allow my obituary to begin with the words "spent the last 28 years of her life in oblivion." Let me be crystal clear on this: if I am in such a state, you have my full and express permission to let me go. And even if you're not sure, you still have my full and express permission to let me go. This may not be what y'all wish to hear or do, but I'm fairly certain there's no good that can come out of my being oblivious for nearly three decades.