Obituaries - Where Have They Gone?
Maybe I'm just "old school," but if someone I knew died, I would go to the newspaper to read his or her obituary. It would provide details, such as when and where some service might be held, but more importantly to me, it told me details of their life and family I knew little or nothing about. It also may have alluded to cause of death. It made me feel closer to the person. Some might even cut out the obituary and save it.
Now if you want to speak of "old school," you might speak of my great-grandfather's day. I found his obituary. It was actually quite lengthy and described how, in his drowning death, he rose and sank and rose and sank, then did not rise anymore until a passing boat brought his body to the surface. Now that is old school.
To me, the tragic thing to me is that a person who dies might not even be given an obituary. Why you might not know someone has died for weeks, months, even years. If there is an obituary, it is rare indeed to list cause of death. And the sad thing is, if I find out why not, I might actually understand why not! For instance...
Today, two county residents were given an obituary on a local funeral home Facebook page. No cause of death was provided in either instance. My daughter knows of these persons. She confided in me that one committed suicide and the other probably overdosed on drugs. Perhaps, then, the lack of an obituary or at least cause of death, can be at least partly attributed to the degenerate life experiences to be had in modern-day Society. So sad!
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