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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.