This post examines three ways to say goodbye. It is reflecting some amazing material from people who know they are dying and want to leave a testament to their loved ones.

It all started in my mind by a share from Alec Couros on Facebook. It went like this:

Derek Miller’s last blog post. He died yesterday at 41 years of age.
Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.
This was an amazing post by any standards, beautifully written and moving…. the last words said it all…and show that it was written very personally to his wife and daughters and is his message to them.
Later in the day I read a post called “10 Fascinating Last Letters” . This was yet again testaments in the form of letters from very different people at very different times and circumstances. As with Derek’s post you could see the way that the letters were so personal in their messages to loved ones.
Lastly I want to mention Randy Pausch‘s wonderful last lecture. I have already written about this in a previous post but would just say this… it is another way from the letters and the blog post to say goodbye but has the  same effect in a different media. If you haven’t yet seen it..please do…. it is amazing.

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