Mom writes her own heartbreaking obituary

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Mother Writes Her Own Heartbreaking Obituary

A mother's heartbreaking self-penned obituary focuses on her life, rather than her death.
44-year-old Beth O'Rourke lost her seven year battle with biliary cancer on April 16th, but before she died she wrote her own obituary where she described herself as a survivor and acknowledged how much she loved her life and her family. O'Rourke's obituary ends with a link to a GoFundMe page to raise money for her two children's college education. At this point they've raised nearly $30,000 of the $100,000 goal.

"I died Thursday, April 16, 2015 surrounded by family, in the arms of my husband and [soul mate], Brendan Patrick O'Rourke," she wrote. "Of all the things I did in this life, nothing compared to being with brendan and our children. I fought every day to stay alive and to be with them."

O'Rourke's husband, who met his wife when they were both just 14-years old, told the "Today Show," "She was so powerful. [...] Most people, up until very recently, didn't even know she was sick, even though she'd been through multiple surgeries and treatments. She always had a positive outlook. She always cared more for everybody else first."

He said in addition to writing her own obituary, she also organized her own funeral so family wouldn't have to take on the burden.

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Beth O'Rourke wrote her own obituary after a battle with cancer took her life. A GoFundMe page was set up to help fund the education of her two children.
Beth O'Rourke wrote her own obituary after a battle with cancer took her life. A GoFundMe page was set up to help fund the education of her two children.
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