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Every letter on Dead Advice begins with the same first sentence: "Now that I'm dead, I want to tell you a few things."

Imagine, for a moment, that you have just died. If you had to look back over the arc of your life as it stands today, what stories would you tell? What lessons would you share, what things might you regret or confess?

Some letters may be specific: a note to the young, or to a child that has yet to be born. Other letters may be larger and more sweeping, choosing instead to address the whole of the world... the rest of us still living. Who you choose to write your letter to, along with what you say, is ultimately up to you.

Whether you're sixteen or sixty, you have a story to tell - some bit of advice or guidance to give. There is someone out there who is waiting to hear from you, someone who can benefit from your experiences and your point of view.

The letters shared here are intended to give us perspective - to help us see our lives and ourselves more clearly. Dead Advice is meant to help keep the big picture a little bigger, and a little more in focus.

You're invited to read some letters, and to learn more about the project. And, if you would like, you're very much invited to write a letter of your very own.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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