The Last Post of Derek Miller – Blogging After Death

I have never let being sick stop me from blogging. I’ve even blogged from the hospital before. However, that’s nothing compared to what Derek Miller of Burnaby (a suburb of Vancouver) did. Derek used his blog to announce that he’s dead.

At 6:40 PM Tuesday night, Derek passed away in his home. He was 41. He died of complications from colorectal cancer. He is survived by his wife Airdrie and daughters Marina, age 13, and Lauren, who is 11. At 7:51 AM Wednesday morning, Derek’s last blog post went live.

Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

Derek was one of the earliest and best known bloggers in Vancouver. He had been online since 1983 and started his blog before I even knew what a blog was. I have met Derek at various Vancouver social media events, but I never got to know him very well. From what I can tell, he was a very energetic and passionate person. Reading his blog posts, I can tell that he was a loving husband, a dedicated father, and he will be missed. My deepest condolences go out to his wife, children and family.

30 thoughts on “The Last Post of Derek Miller – Blogging After Death”

  1. Boy you know how to write killer title.

    1. Mathew Day says:

      Definitely caught my eye and was really original.

      1. Handbags says:

        I agree and it’s really sad that he died. He will be greatly missed!! :(…

  2. Talk about going out on a high note. Tragic story. How sad that he won’t be able to see what becomes of his kids. At least he’s not suffering anymore though & he spoke a lot of truth in his last post.

    I’ve always believed that the key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering & it seems like Derek did just that.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree, this is a very tragic and sad story. It is nice to know that Derek’s blog will live on as an “archive” and that he lived a very fulfilling life. John, thanks for sharing this story of an amazing individual who lived a very impactful life.

  3. d3so says:

    I thought this was going to be some kind of joke but man that sucks. Much respect and condolences.

  4. PsychicJim says:

    Sad yet respectful. Nice.

  5. Thinking about the moment when his friends clicked on publish button of this post.

    That was really hurting moment.

    We will miss you …

    1. I agree with everything you said.

      RIP,Derek Miller

  6. Work online says:

    John much respect and condolences,i don,t want its so…and that is true Derek is passionate person.?

  7. Shubham says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  8. Many blessings to the family and friends of Derek Miller.

  9. 智趣博客 says:

    I’m sorry to hear that .

  10. Thomas says:

    May he rest in peace and I pray for his family.

  11. fas says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  12. Jose Gonzalez says:

    My condolences out to his family as well.

  13. I wish his family nothing but the best 🙂

  14. Mathew Day says:

    At first I thought this was a hyped up title, wish it was. Sad story, sounded like a really great person and blogger. My condolences go out to the family.

  15. fazal mayar says:

    may he rest in peace, cancers kill al ot people nowadays. He died doing what he loved blogging. The best of men die doing what they love as we say!

  16. May his soul rest in peace

  17. Abhik says:

    That post clearly shows his respect and passion about blogging.

  18. i believe that is the spirit of a true blogger. May his wish be granted and may he rest in peace.

  19. amazing story Dear,that time will be sensitive moment, really sad story.

  20. Arun says:

    Very sorry to hear that mate. May his soul rest in peace.

  21. exsuit says:

    Kinda morbid….also weird he linked to his daughters facebook profile in the post. Wouldn’t want internet creeps looking at my kid’s facebook profiles!

  22. Little bit sad and I agree with everything you said.

  23. Make Money says:

    Thanks for all the work you put in Derek! I wish you the best in the afterlife and I pray that your family is able to handle the loss of you.

  24. flash game says:

    it’s very sad but after death there is a new life begins. i pray to god to give strength to your family to handle this tragedy.

  25. Jayrweblog says:

    This is the fist time I read the blogger’s “Last Note”. So sad for that,

  26. Thanks for sharing this John, condolences to his family.

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