A woman who spent her whole life helping others had one more gift to give.

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Emily Debrayada Phillips was a teacher, mother, and friend who, by all accounts, made a big difference in a lot of people's lives over her 69 years. But she never could have predicted the impact she'd have on thousands of people's lives after she was gone.

Phillips died on March 25 of pancreatic cancer. Although she wasn't sick for long, she knew the end was coming, and chose to write her own obituary. That 1044-word obituary, which is simultaneously sweet, funny, and profound, has now gone viral on the Internet and is making strangers cry all over the world. Check out to read the full text.

Sources: | The Huffington Post