Obit­u­ar­ies help fam­i­lies con­nect

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDITOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

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.

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