Directions: Write your obituary—as you would want it to appear. (An “obituary” is a short biography about someone who has passed from this world.)
After you write this journal entry, respond to at least one other writer’s journal entry. Then, submit this journal entry in ATS by 11:59 PM on Friday.
P.S. It’s all right to use humor; however, don’t make your obituary one big joke, okay? Don’t be guilty of excessive levity (www.onelook.com)
March 19, 2066
Jhene Aiko Efuru Chilombo, 2040 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, dies at 88 on her 88th birthday.
The poet/singer/actress/author died last Wednesday under what authorities are considering suspicious circumstances. Authorities are ruling out foul play, but say that details surrounding her death are peculiar. Jhene Aiko was found in her garden, outside of her cottage in Japan.
Namiko Chilombo, Jhene’s first born of 5 children was the first to find her mother in the garden. She notes that when she saw her mother lying down in the garden, she thought she was just sleeping. “I noticed she was holding a flower and she had a faint smile on her face.” “The kind of women my mother was, I can see why people would suspect that maybe this was a suicide, but I think she just knew. She always took naps in that garden, it was her favorite place. She knew she had completed her life’s work and she was ready to go home. I think that day she layed down and just said to herself, “I’m ready” and she went home.”
Jhene became a household name at the age of 25 when she made it big on the music scene after years of being an “up and coming” artist. She was best known for bringing a new sound and consciousness to the music industry, which at the time was saturated with meaningless material. Jhene’s passion for film and acting lead her into a successful acting career. While acting and singing, Jhene wrote the fantasy driven, young reader’s series “Guardian Girl”, which made it to the New York Best Seller’s list and later was adapted into a series of very successful movies. Along with this series, Jhene wrote and published 60 books of poetry and 30 spiritual/self-help books.
With her many successes, Jhene was also known for her controversial interviews and appearances in which she had no problem “telling it like it is”. “Many people feared she was on drugs or going crazy, but that’s just how my mom was! She was a handful or two…she was a beautiful contradiction…and maybe she was crazy, but that’s what made her a genius…that’s why she was great. And I guarantee the world will never have another person like her.” The media scrutiny got so bad that the singer/author/ poet went into a deep depression. After an apparent suicide attempt, Jhene moved her family to a small cottage in Japan.
A long time animal and nature lover, Jhene choose to dedicate the rest of her life to helping animals and raising awareness about the importance of how human behavior affects nature. Jhene had dreams of being a veterinarian. She funded the largest Veterinary Free-Clinic/Hospital. “Sonnie’s Place” (named after her beloved cat Sonnie) in California, where animals both pets and strays, are treated for injuries and illnesses free of charge. Sonnie’s Place also houses up to 5,000 strays at a time.
Jhene’s great humanitarian work alongside her work for animal rights and contributions to the literary world, led her to win the 2040 Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 62.
Jhene was survived by 5 children: Namiko, Aminah, O’mai, Jacob, and Halo.
She was unmarried.
Jhene’s ashes will be spread on March 23rd through the 30th on a cruise that will be traveling to some of Jhene’s favorite places.
The cruise ship holds up to 3,000 passengers and tickets have been set aside for a select 1,500 fans free of charge. A memorial service will take place on the 7th day when the last of Jhene’s ashes have been spread.
“My mother was a person who always had her head in the clouds, but she always came down every now and then to look at things down here. She always had a way to help…everyone and everybody. She was so concerned with everyone and everything else…she dreamed of saving the world and with the seeds she planted in me, my brothers and sisters, her fans and listeners… I think she succeeded.” -Namiko Chilombo
They came up to speak,
one by one.
Each spoke of a love matched by none,
But none could claim her…
or call her their own…
Just spoke of the luck…
to ever have known.
Not a tear would be shown,
Cuz she was finally home.
Miss in love with the world,
Never became a Mrs.
But the smile she would end with
Proved nothing was missing
She was alone, but she was contented….