I haven't started a new book, so I've been sitting here catching up on reading...obituaries. Does anyone else do that?
I never did it until I started working for my current employer. We work a lot with older people, and when one of them passes away it involves some extra administration duties, not to mention concerns for their loved ones.
I kind of like the recent trend of having vintage photos accompany the write up. Seeing a sepia toned photo of a young soldier looking dashing in his WWII uniform is quite sweet.
What I don't like is when a bereaved loved one writes a very wordy and poorly written tribute. Which leads to one of my pet peeves: 'He married the love of his life.' I'm not sure why this grates on me so, except that it's one thing for someone to say I married the love of my life, and quite another for someone else to say it of their mate. At least, I assumed that it is the wife writing it...Carey said that it might be the children writing the obit. Either way, it kind of bothers me.
Tonight I saw one that was a first. When listing the survivors, the author listed the deceased's dog before his children. :)
That's when I told Carey I was going to write my own and put it with the other important papers necessary upon my death. I am fully aware that there is no way I can guarantee my family will not alter it or ignore it altogether, but I have to hope that by that point I will have escaped my earthly need for control.