Day 15: Write Your Own Eulogy

So imagine you die at age 77 (which is about the average age people live to these days). Think about how you want to be remembered. What mark do you want to make on the world before you die? What do you want to contribute or what do you want to be known for in your life?

Here’s an easy format to follow, adapted from the Art of Manliness (random, I know – but I loved their approach!):

  1. Your geographic history (keep this brief). Where did you live? Did you travel all over or did you retire in one place?
  2. College and career. Where you went to school, what you majored in, what jobs you had. Include any awards or honors you won or accomplishments you made.
  3. Family and relationships. Did you get married? Have kids? How many?
  4. Your hobbies and interests. What did you do for fun in your life?
  5. The qualities and characteristics that set you apart and made you memorable. What did people like or admire about you?
  6. What people will miss about you. What impact did you have on people? How did you help them?

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Lamentations 3:21-23:

   21 Yet I still dare to hope

      when I remember this:

   22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!

      His mercies never cease.

   23 Great is his faithfulness;

      His mercies begin afresh each morning.

To everything there is a season, and the season of Shauntelle’s life on this earth is now passed. On July 20, _____ a very special blessing from God was born to Helen ___ and Vincent ____. Shauntelle Shanay _______ was born and raised in a little town in Northwest Arkansas. At the young age of 10, she moved to Florida, and started her life there. The majority of her formal education took place in that great state, but anyone who knew her would be agree that she allowed life to teach her, no matter where she was. She was a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology, with an emphasis on Mental Health Counseling. She was a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, as well as a member of the American Psychological Association.

Shauntelle was a psychologist by title, but an educator at heart. Several of her articles on marriage and the Black family were published in Psychology Today and Self Help magazine. Her career started in Orlando, FL, but Shauntelle started several private practice facilities in cities around the country, including Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Her focus in each of these facilities was to provide mental health counseling at an affordable cost, especially to the Black community.

Shauntelle was always very passionate about her career, which she believed to be her calling from her Heavenly Father, but before anything else, she was a servant to God and a friend to man. She was always active in her church, teaching Sabbath School, singing, lending her time and talents as the Singles Ministry leader for several years, even after God gave her a soul mate. She was always hosting guests after church for lunch or the holidays. She loved to entertain and loved to provide a place of comfort. She loved visiting her children and grandchildren, cousins, in-laws, and friends around the world and did so often. Anyone that crossed her path felt loved and cared for. She had such a loving, compassionate spirit. She and her husband were married in August of 2012 and began their family shortly after in Miami, FL.

Shauntelle is survived by her loving, supportive husband and their three children (Alexa Rae, married to Jonathan O’Neal, Miami, FL; Sofia Marie, married to Adrian Moore, Atlanta„ GA; Peyton Ann, married to Connor Jones, Washington, D.C.), eight grandchildren (Riley Ann, Savannah Rae, Madison Giselle, Emerson Omari, Jasper Neil, Avery Grayson, Connor Jones, Jr., Carter Brice), two sisters, three brothers, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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