Funeral Wishes

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
193 Pages
Reviewed on 08/14/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

1LifeObit: Funeral Wishes is a work of non-fiction in the autobiography, memoir, and emotive writing subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté as a sort of self-written obituary. Inspired by her adoption as a child, the author believes in the importance of preserving memories for her children. Despite not having much knowledge about her biological family, she remains steadfast in her conviction. As an adult, she faced life-threatening conditions but managed to survive. This experience prompted her to create 1LifeObit: Funeral Wishes after realizing the need to leave advice for her child and to be remembered in a specific way. The book delves into her personal journey, reflections on life, and her wishes for the future.

Author Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté's exploration of her adoption and the significance of memories for her children added a profound layer of emotion to the narrative, and it made for a deeply introspective and touching experience as we are given an insight into one of the most painful and poignant revelations anyone can have in the face of death. The way she faced life-threatening conditions and found the strength to survive highlighted her resilience and determination with a narrative quality that’s filled with compassion and love. Gosling-Berté's vulnerability in sharing her personal journey made the book relatable and evoked a sense of reflection on one's own life. Overall, 1LifeObit: Funeral Wishes is a heartfelt memoir that emphasizes the importance of leaving a lasting legacy and imparting wisdom for the next generation, and it’s one that everyone should explore and reflect on.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

After a frightening experience, Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté wrote 1LifeObit, a book that chronicles the wishes of individuals when they die. The author outlines questions that typically arise after a person’s death and allows readers to record their responses while alive instead of relying solely on their next of kin to make the arrangements. She marked the text into sections covering types of burials and cremation, going over the laws for selections in the United States and the United Kingdom. Gosling-Berté listed hopes for children and pets and pertinent information about them for their future caregivers. Special requests, life experiences, biological history, and advice for surviving relatives round out the book.

Far from a funeral checklist, Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté has written a guide that gives individuals more control over their life and death. The author has taken the guesswork out of funeral preparations by covering information about burials, cremation, and ecologically friendly alternatives. For many, recording hopes and advice may be difficult, but Gosling-Berté’s book could make the post-mortem process less burdensome for loved ones. The author has thought of many eventualities, from a burial at sea to information people may want to leave for children they put up for adoption. There are even ideas for celebrations during a person’s life that may help with the grieving process before it begins. When they’re ready, 1LifeObit is a great selection for readers who desire to record their preferences before death.

Diana Lopez

Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté reminds us that planning for special occasions in our lives, such as holiday celebrations or envisioning a wedding, is common. Conversely, as time goes by we may feel that we have not spent enough time with our family. Many people later regret not having taken the opportunity to share experiences or advice. We often forget to plan for what will happen after we are gone. 1LifeObit: Funeral Wishes is a diary to document these aspects. The start is to record simple data such as our name and a description. Later, we can describe the family and highlight significant details such as our children's likes and dislikes or if any of them have a medical problem. As we progress, we develop the content to cover our interests in topics such as music or movies. In the final section, we find a guide to planning funeral services and related information.

1LifeObit is a guide that takes into account important details about us and our family. There is even a section for our pets. Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté has a methodical system that is easy to follow with simple questions to reflect on what we want to express to our loved ones. This allows us to write about topics that will be of importance to those close to us. Interestingly, it also offers options for the disposal of the body, such as donation to science or cremation. It also addresses little-considered topics, such as eco-friendly coffins. The presentation is appealing, with appropriate photographs. This book is an excellent tool for becoming aware of many aspects of life, preparing ourselves to leave nothing unresolved, and being able to share experiences with those we love, even in death.

Constance Stadler

The core message of 1LifeObit is the contention that information on the job held by your great-grandfather, why a lavender Volkswagen Beetle was your favorite car, and which TV program upsets your child is critical information for loved ones. Having gone through a life-threatening situation where she did not specify provisions for care for her young daughter, Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté has compiled a series of questionnaires that compel the reader to examine every facet of life so that loved ones can honor last wishes while recognizing other important information in equal measure with the loss experienced. Self-examination of the path traveled will also revive meaningful memories.

The value of such a book is multifaceted. Should you wish to be buried at sea or in a woodland area, timely addressing of legal ramifications is essential. In a world focused on the immediate, the question of legacy is often not explored, although this knowledge will likely be a source of comfort. Knowing the film you waited in line for four hours to see or your favorite perfume may seem incidental, but as Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté details, it can be pivotal to those who want to keep memories vivid. Select photos introduce each chapter. When focusing on wishes for children, there is an image of a cheerful toddler contemplating a platter of goodies. Understanding that some of the questions may be difficult to answer, the option of having others make particular decisions and a series of yes and no queries demonstrate the author’s sensitivity. In appreciation of life holistically, 1LifeObit should be included in everyone’s library.

Pikasho Deka

It's inevitable that one day, we will no longer inhabit this planet. Have you ever thought about what you will leave behind or prepared for the aftermath of your demise? Who would you want at your funeral? Who would you prefer to offer the responsibility of organizing your funeral, wake, and legacy? What are your wishes for your children after you're no longer there? Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté used up all her savings after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage in her early 40s. She was in the Kings Cross Hospital operation room when she realized that she had not left any advice for her seven-year-old daughter to prepare her for the challenges she would face. With 1LifeObit: Funeral Wishes, the author seeks to help you leave a legacy for your loved ones and prepare for the aftermath of your passing.

No one knows precisely how much time we have left on Earth. It is essential to lay the groundwork beforehand for the day we are no longer here and allow our loved ones to cherish the memories and times we've shared. 1LifeObit is just the book you need to make the necessary arrangements for such a scenario. Sarah-Luisa Gosling-Berté draws from her life experiences to offer readers this helpful guidebook to find clarity about their wishes and leave a legacy their loved ones will remember long after they have passed away. 1ObitLife is a surprisingly inspiring book that demands the reader's engagement with the contents. So grab a copy and leave the worries of your afterlife behind!