I encourage you to read this thoughtful and entertaining post by Jerry Pounds from Sailing to Byzantium. The post is called Death Can Be Embarrassing.
Here is a paragraph from his post:
Well, I hope this get you motivated to do something with your life so that you can have a respectable death. Even if you do fall down the basement stairs in a drunken stupor—if you made a few friends and live in a descent city—it will read well in the obits and the preacher they hire for your service will be able to say a few things without sounding awkward like he is making stuff up.
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