Maybe you saw this article in your local paper, but in case you didn’t, I must share it.
From Jim Fitzgerald via Associate press: Touching, Funny, and Strange Messages in Obituaries
Requests from the dead:
“Make sure you don’t give my ashes to my mother. She’ll put them in a drawer with my grandparents.” (Bob Arrar; Orlando, FL)
“If anyone feels sad about my passing, “mix a beverage of your choice and hum the Razorback fight song.” (Milton Miller; Little Rock, Ark.)
“Larry Sajiko requests no cell-phones at his service.” (Port Richey, FL)
In lieu of flowers:
The family requests that if you smoke try quitting at least one more time.
If you knew “Bud”, he would want you to mix yourself a Manhattan.
Buy a lottery ticket, you might be lucky.
From the obituary of a staunch Republican: Family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P. Granddaddy
Fitzgerald points out that whereas previously only local papers and such carried obituaries, now because of Internet sources they can go viral, reaching thousands, even millions of people world-wide. Such was the case with the lengthy self-written obituary of Emily Phillips of Florida. In addition to the usual biographical facts, she included memories, titles she’d had, and desire of mending fences with certain named people. Her advice : do your best, follow your arrow, and make something amazing out of your life.
Here’s one I read but can’t find now: “I was born. I breathed a number of years. I died.”
© Dorothy C. Judd
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