Unless you’re famous or extremely well-known in your local community, it’s unlikely that anyone will write an obituary to mark your passing.

However, you can write your own and leave a copy with the executor of your will, to be distributed to the media after your death.

Apart from your date of birth, there’s no need for any of it to be factual, and depending on your age, you could include details of your role in the first ascent of Everest, the legendary lost recordings you worked on with Jim Morrison, the OBE you turned down from Margaret Thatcher, the story about a young wizard which you told to an unemployed Scottish writer and the tips on returning serve you gave to a 12-year-old Andy Murray.

If you’re of a more modest disposition, a list of your haircuts, home-made shelving, eccentric socks and favourite kitchen utensil will suffice, but this may limit the publication of your obituary to a few specialist magazines and websites.