If you died today, how would you be remembered?

Photograph from a funeral of a young man who made a big impact on others
Photograph from a funeral of a young man who made a big impact on others
You are going to live forever, right? Me, too! I will definitely outlive all of my siblings and most of the friends who are my contemporaries. We are impermeable fortresses! Of course, you realize that this thinking in entirely unrealistic. . . right? With thousands of users on this site, the odds are that at least one of us users will die within the next month.

I recently had an experience that made me believe that I might have a fatal illness. I have an excellent primary care physician and an excellent specialist who guided me through the evaluation process. Last week, I submitted to an extensive biopsy procedure under general anesthesia and I just got the results that all 62 biopsies were negative. I will be celebrating with my girlfriend tonight.

While awaiting the results, I thought about my eventual death and how it might impact others. How would others remember me? WOULD they remember me? Did I use my time on Earth to make a difference in the lives of others? I reviewed my activities and accomplishments and I concluded that I have made a difference in the lives of many young people. Some of them have told me so, very directly.

If you died today, how would your family and friends remember you? They might say nice things about you at your funeral, because that is just what people do at funerals, but after the funeral. . . what would they think about what you did with your life? Would they remember you fondly? Would they think you wasted your time? Would they think that you may a lasting difference in the lives of those whom you touched?

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  • Before answering, let me say that every adult should have a will, especially the older adults or people with spouses and children. Even if you have nothing, it makes things easier. It's very easy to do. Mine took about ten minutes at my local library web site. It's not a fancy will, but it will do the job.

    To answer the question, people will think my life was a waste, that I should have done much more with it. They will also think, with a bit of envy (more than one has actually said this)

    And now, the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain
    My friend, I'll say it clear
    I'll state my case, of which I'm certain

    I've lived a life that's full
    I've traveled each and every highway
    But more, much more than this
    I did it my way

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  • I think the people who knew me would remember me fondly, by I don't think I have made a significant difference in the lives of other people. That thought has passed in and out of my head on occasion. Thank you, for helping me remember that. I will look for ways to make a difference, starting right now.

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    • It is never too early, and never too late, to be concerned about how you will be remembered. Build your legacy and you will have self-esteem.

  • I’ve given a lot to a lot of people in my life. I’m not sure how people see me or how I’d be remembered but I do know I would be missed.

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  • I don't know. I know that my family would be very very hurt, my close family members, but my distant relatives wouldn't give much of a damn because many of them don't even know me and I am just not as attached with them as my older siblings are. So I do know that the number of people in my family grieving my death will be smaller than that of my siblings if they passed away.

    My boyfriend will probably not know it soon that I'm dead since he will be just see me offline but if one of the few people that know him would inform him, I know he will go crazy being very sad that we could never meet in real life. He would never forgive me for this. I worry about him a lot for this reason.

    My school, my batchmates... I really don't know. I grew up being bullied and isolated so no one will really miss me, except maybe a few ones that I'm connected with solely because we meet in class, and maybe a few of my teachers who were very fond of me. The news of my death could spread but I don't think people would care or miss me a lot. I could get people writing stuff on my wall, all of which would be FAKE. FAKE. FAKE.

    I won't have a lot of people missing me, except a few ones for whom I've probably been their whole world. And I can't imagine worrying about more people than I am thinking of right now.

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    • Also yeah I don't think I'll be rememberd in a special way.

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    • Sometimes, we are unaware of the impact we have on others.

  • I would want to be remembered as someone who made a positive impact on at least a single person's life. I know it sounds cliche, but I'd hate to die knowing my life meant absolutely nothing to anybody and the world.

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    • You can make a difference in someone's life tonight, or tomorrow, but if you postpone and delay, it will never happen. It is never too early, and never too late, to be concerned about how you will be remembered. Build your legacy and you will have self-esteem.

  • I’d be remembered for the crazy and weird nicknames I give my dog 😂 that’s all I can think of tbh. I’m not that great

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    • What kind of crazy nicknames? I had cats named

      Catface
      El Cucamonga
      Mister Baby
      Sam The Cat
      Captain Dash
      Biter
      Malcolm X
      Snuffy Smif

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    • They're not strange I call my dog smelly pants that is a strange name

    • Well I’m saving the weirder ones for just me. They’re too embarrassing

  • I wouldn't be remembered for long. No friends and haven't been part of my family for years. Im only invited to family gatherings otherwise we don't even talk to each other. So i could die today and no one would give a shit or care.

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    • You can volunteer to help people who are truly needy and make a huge difference for many people.

  • Nothing hasn't done anything in too young for me to have done enough of anything to be remembered

    Unless you mean by family if that I am good with animals

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    • You can touch the life of someone who is lonely and give them companionship. You can be kind to animals and help them. You can do something that makes your parents' lives easier. You can give your siblings a role model by living a good life.

      It is never too early, and never too late, to be concerned about how you will be remembered. Build your legacy and you will have self-esteem.

  • “Here lies Roy. He never made it to guru, but he was the undisputed heavyweight champion of down votes."

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  • I would be remembered for much. My thoughts and my stances are all documented on social media sites. I could only hope that the mentality would continue in a similar fashion through someone else.

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  • Hopefully I’d be remembered well. I know my family would be devastated and so would my boyfriend. I already have an outfit picked out if I was to die today.

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  • I'd probably be remembered for loads of different things, from like my motivational talking and academic attainment to the weird I actually am. If I died today, I'd have few regrets.

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  • I would be hated as usually and loved by few
    but once I go above the dome

    I have a feeling I will be received with so much love I will have no idea what to do with it


    Glory to my CHRIST above the dome may he be praised forever and ever
    If you died today, how would you be remembered?

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  • For writing Curlys wife was a slut in my essay for mice and men in year 9 and reading it out loud in front of my whole class and my extremely strict Jehovah's Witness teacher. 😂

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  • I don't think I will be remembered at all, really. I haven't done anything noteworthy.

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    • Would your friends disagree with you?

    • I don't know. I don't have that many and we hardly do anything together since we are all working now.

  • Probably remembered a lot for being suicidal by my friends and here for drawing, Being a bitch and 1 other thing

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  • I would be remembered as the kind and happy girl who likes to help others and had big dreams.

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  • On my grave will be writen.

    WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER

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  • I wouldn't be remembered at all which is why I simply can't die yet

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  • The boss bitch. A cute smart HBIC (head bitch in charge)

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  • I wouldn't, I'm hardly remembered when I'm alive so I don't think anyone would care.

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  • Depends who you ask but mostly they'd say I was a good guy

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  • Probably as the fun guy who was annoyingly happy most of the time.

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  • A Wise Ol Fool. xx

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    • You are not old and I have never thought of you as a fool! If you wanna talk about old. . .

    • I will always remember you as an inventor. You didn't invent the internal combustion engine, penicillin, or aluminum foil. But you did invent the word "Ronce." All you have to do now is a assign a meaning to it and submit it to Wikipedia. You'll be famous.

      Ronce
      verb
      1. To rummage through one's fridge looking for left-overs.
      2. Thanks for the invite, but I'm just going to stay home and ronce.

  • i would be remembered as the best person inthe universe

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  • I would be happy with myself, but sad to leave it half way through, I think I had a positive impact already but would love it to be way bigger

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  • I remember there is a verse in the Bible which says that generally after 3 generations have passed, people won't know who we are or reemember us after our demise.

    The living forgets the dead easily because the dead aren't serving their needs anymore.
    It would be torturing for the living if they keep remembering the death and cannot move on with their lives.

    I am not a Jehovah Witness but I heard they teach that unbelievers who died before Armageddon comes will have a literal resurrection of the "unrighteous" in God's New Order where they would be given a second chance of 1000 years to try to perfect themselves and serve God faithfully. At the end of the 1000 years, if they passed a loyalty test from God, then they would be rewarded with everlasting life on paradise Earth. Lol.

    May you have a speedy recovery. Take care and choose hope :- )

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  • Bold of you to assume I'll be remembered.

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  • About a week maybe.

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    • Seriously though. I honestly wouldn’t know.

    • These are questions which can make us uncomfortable but forcing yourself to answer them may have a positive impact on your life.

  • I'd be remembered as the suicidal gay kid tbh

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  • Fuck if I know, but congrats on the good results

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  • dork that had nothing going for her

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  • ... Remembered?

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  • I probably wouldn't lol

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  • Probably not, but that's fine.

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  • I wouldn't be remembered.

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  • I wouldn't be :(

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  • No one would remember me for long.

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    • It's kind of a shame but unless you're personally involved somehow in the community or have lived your whole life in one place, people really don't know you. I'm pretty much just a corporate drudge. Lol.

  • Being on GAG

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  • By some

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  • An honest , caring, hard working and loving person

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  • "That guy. What was his name again?"

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  • I wouldn't.

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  • I wouldn’t be remembered

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  • I wouldn't be remembered.

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  • Shy, caring with big heart, disciplined

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  • Best doctor...😅

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  • Wouldn't be remembered for anything.

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  • That friend who died virgin

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  • Hard to please!

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  • I think i won't be remembered at all ig

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  • Probably not lol

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  • As a dateless virgin. You know, the usual

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