First a death calculater, and now a Fun Obit. The App Store sure has a lot of morbid humor going on. When I opened the application, I found a skeleton in a hooded cloak with what looked like a sickle in its hand. I began tapping all over the screen wondering how to use the application, and then I noticed that the skeleton’s other bony hand was pointing towards a tombstone. Aha! The key to obit fun here is the tombstone.
The main page opens up to give you four features. The first is to create an obit; you can either write one yourself, or take a cue from Fun Obit and use the question and answer mode to write one. I’d say that both are good options. When you are using the free writing mode, you can just about write anything you want in any style. If you want to go all melancholic like Thomas Gray, go ahead, write your own forlorn elegy. If you want to add a wicked sense of humor or just go plain comic, you can do so. Actually, I don’t need to guide you here; the idea is to do your own thing. If I were telling you how to write it, it wouldn’t be fun now, would it?
The question and answer mode is quite a laugh. You have to answer a series of random questions about yourself or a certain person, and the key words are inserted into a template that is crazy and hilarious. I tried using the ‘On the Job’ template, and the last paragraph was about my funeral being held in Iraq, and leaving two kids called Tootsie and Jupiter behind. I kinda like that idea!
You can add a picture to your obits too; just choose them from your photo gallery. Personally, I don’t why people choose really sad and staid pictures to remember their loved or even the not so loved ones. Since this is Fun and not Sad Obit, I prefer to choose the least-deathlike pictures. I think the picture of my colleague when he had that unfortunate haircut would do nicely for his.
The second feature on the list is where all your obits are stored, and you have the option to add or delete them.
Thirdly, with Fun Obit, you can send your obits to anyone you want. Simply email it to them once you are done.
Fun Obit also lets you get your friends to write an obit for you. You can send a request on the application itself. I thought this fourth feature adds extra fun to the application. Won’t it be cool to know what people are going to think of you after your death, before you die? If anyone writes a nasty one for you, you can always come back to haunt from the grave. All in good fun, of course.
Another big plus thing about Fun Obit is that you can write about and for anyone. If you want to write a heart-wrenching obit for your pet lizard, please feel free to let the local store run out of tissues once people get to read it. And then, if you think your snotty cousin deserves a not-so-nice one, write your ill-feelings out.
At the end of the day, or life, in this case, Fun Obit is all about seeing things in a light-hearted manner and taking a pot-shot at death which is inevitable. It’s about having a say on how you want to go out of this world…so if you want to go out with a chuckle, let’s drink a toast to Fun Obit!