Write Your Awesome Obituary with Patricia Benesh, Ed.D

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Course Title: Write Your Awesome Obituary

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Benesh Ed '75, '77, '80, '83

Brought to you by Odyssey  

October 31, 2023 - November 14, 2023 (3 Sessions)  

Tuesday, 5 PM ET 

Virtual via Zoom


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Want to do your family and loved ones a big favor? Write your obit and plan your memorial service—while you’re here to be the architect of it all. (Or do it now for a loved one.) From the author of 7 Memories: Write Your Awesome Obituary, learn how to write an obit that celebrates life and leaves a lasting mark for generations to come In three 90-minute sessions, learn the secret to creating an obituary that comes alive with your message and life experiences. Based on her workbook, Dr. Patricia Benesh shows you how to adapt the New York Times model to your own obituary. Learn how your obituary can be used for other celebration of life materials. Write your obituary while you are still here on earth. Your loved ones will appreciate it—and you will be ensuring YOUR message is remembered.


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100% refund- Prior to the start of the course. 

50% refund- During the first week of the course. 

No refunds will be given after the first week of each course unless in exceptional cases. 

Please note, refunds apply only to the tuition portion of an Odyssey participant’s charges and are not applicable to any fees or gifts made to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Registrants will be notified by email if a refund is approved within (5) business days. 

ABOUT Patricia Benesh

Patricia Benesh, Ed.D is the visionary behind 7Memories.com and AuthorAssist.com, drawing English-speaking writers from around the world. Since 1999, Patricia has helped writers succeed based on their realistic goals and expectations. Among her clients was Thomas Steinbeck (son of John Steinbeck). Her services address fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and obituary writing and include manuscript development, review, editing, coaching and workshops. Her workbooks include From Reluctant Writer to Enlightened Wordsmith, and a trilogy of memoir-writing materials, 7 Memories: How to Write a Memoir in 28 Days; 7 Memories: Partnering to Write a Memoir; 7 Memories: Write Your Awesome Obituary, available at Amazon.com.

She has developed the online program, MemoirMagicTM. Patricia has taught workshops extensively for UC San Diego, Oasis Lifelong Learning (San Diego), and numerous associations, and senior educational programs. A former professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Patricia holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins. She has spoken at various US and international conferences and is recognized in Who's Who in Education. She has published broadly in books, journals, and business periodicals and has written for the Huffington Post, American Chronicle, Examiner.com, EzineArticles, and Suite101.

 Event Date
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
5:00pm EDT

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
6:30pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

80% discount. Alumni status will be confirmed
50% discount. Employment status will be confirmed
50% discount. Employment status will be confirmed
Student status will be confirmed

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