Friday, September 13, 2013

Two Very Different Obituaries

I guess folks are getting creative with obits these days.

This week, I stumbled across two very different obituaries which have been making the rounds on the internet.

The first one was of a beloved and colorful 85 year old, Mary "Pink" Mullaney.  After reading this, I wish I could have known her.  One would be hard pressed to find a tribute of greater beauty.

On the other hand, the second obituary, of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, was shockingly ugly.  In this final "eulogy", her children painted a horrifying picture of abusive violence and torture.   I cannot recall ever seeing such a tragic summary of a life.

I'm struggling with the appropriateness of the second obituary.  Momma always said "never speak ill of the dead", and  "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything."

However, it does raise awareness concerning the evils of child abuse, and certainly provides a good example of what not to do.

A couple of lessons we can glean from these two departed souls:

1)  Live your life in such a way that they will say beautiful things in your obituary.
2)  Be nice to your kids.  They are the ones who will write it.

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