To many, obituaries might seem a sad business to be in, but nothing could be further from the truth for the people who write them. "I never mention how people die," said Anne Wroe, who has written obituaries for The Economist, in an interview with The Hairpin. "Because I don't think that's important at all. I think an obituary is a celebration of a life."
And within those printed "celebrations" are many common themes and lessons that can serve as inspiration for the rest of us -- about what truly matters and how we can make the most of the time we have left.