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This 5-Year-Old Was Sick of Funerals Being Sad—So He Wrote His Own Obituary

Garrett Matthias is not your average 5-year-old, so it’s no surprise that the spunky little cancer fighter did NOT have your average obituary either.

In September of 2017, Garrett was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. And for nine long months, his parents, Ryan and Emilie, grieved the pending the loss of their sweet boy.

But Garrett didn’t want it to be sad. In fact, after attending various funerals with his family preceding his death, he didn’t want a funeral at all because everybody’s seemed so depressing.

That’s when Ryan and Emilie got a brilliant idea. They decided their son’s obituary should be as unique and quirky as Garrett, so they made a written record of many snippets of their conversations with him in the month leading up to his death.

“We’ve cried oceans of tears in the last nine months, but I think this is one of the things we can do to make his day special and not sad,” said Emilie.

After learning his cancer was, in fact, terminal in June of this year, they knew it was time to ensure Garrett was remembered just the way he wanted.

“We never necessarily talked about his funeral, so we never had the conversation with him that he was going to die, but we had a lot of conversations around, ‘When I die I want to do this,'” Emilie told WHO.

Garrett died on July 6, 2018.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

Pennsylvania Parents Drown After Getting Caught in Rip Current While Vacationing with Their Six Children

A Pennsylvania couple's family vacation in Hutchinson Island, Florida, turned into a heartbreaking tragedy when the parents drowned after being caught in a rip current.

Stanford University Dean Says “Over Parenting” Is Ruining Your Kids

It's an epidemic that's influencing an entire generation of children.

Lilly King Gets Engaged Poolside After Qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

American swimmer Lilly King celebrated not just one, but two monumental achievements poolside Thursday night. After qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics, King was surprised with a romantic proposal from her boyfriend, James Wells.