Obituaries help families connect
In his letter, “Obituaries brighten his mornings,” Correspondent of the Day Oliver Hedgepeth expressed with good humor my very own views.
The obituaries are also part of my mornings. I have at the ready a mix of coffee, pen and scissors and two file folders — one for family and friends and the other for the interesting and clever (not unlike going to school). These real-life short stories, biographies and histories complete my “people need.” The accomplishments, interests and relationships are like a little prism.
Composing an obituary affords family members a time to remember, reconnect and pay tribute. Comfort and support is shared.
Unexpectedly, obituaries give hope to us as to where we’re all inevitably headed and just maybe it isn’t so scary after all. If they can do it, we can do it. LIZZIE BLUNT. RICHMOND.