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Nora McInerny

Writing your own ending.

For most of us, an obituary is the last public record of our life, yet we rely on others to write it. Author and reluctant grief expert Nora McInerny thinks this is just plain weird. She shares why she and her first husband, Aaron, co-wrote his obituary and how being a bit loose with the facts of his life got to the truth of his existence. Funny, irreverent and full of love, this obituary went viral and stands as a testament to why writing our ending is good practice for being alive.

About the Speaker

Nora McInerny is a writer, storyteller, creator and a reluctant grief expert. She had a miscarriage of her second baby, lost her father to cancer and lost her husband, Aaron, to a brain tumor within six weeks in 2014. Nora wrote the critically acclaimed memoirs It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) and No Happy Endings. McInerny created the Hot Young Widows Club, hosts the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and founded the nonprofit Still Kickin.