The Washington Post
A wonderful place to pay respects
I go through In Memoriam by each quarter, page by page, face by face. Not to find acquaintances, only to reflect; I feel a responsibility to do so. As I look at each face, I remember that each belonged to a living person. Most of the faces are smiling, reflective of happier times. But each face, smiling or not, projects a personality. Whether I read this personality rightly or wrongly, I feel a connection with every face. I reflect on the humanness of that individual and picture a conversation, or at least part of one. The young ones bring a sadness of a life ended too soon. Sometimes, there is regret that I wasn’t able to talk to a person. There are stories behind each face. And in some way a connection is made. I also appreciate the equality and simplicity with which everyone is treated in this publication. No biography, no praises, no judgments. We all go out the same.
Tom Walsh, Ruckersville, Va.