Monday, October 01, 2007

Obituary Troubles New Series!

I read obituaries. I read to be aware of pastoral needs and lately, for entertainment. The "good" obit is a thing of beauty, an art form but here in the Sticks, we have odd things happen when we rhapsodize our dead. For example, the "Ken" of this story is 47. Assuming that his partner is around his age, is it fair to think that the remaining years of her life will be spent burning up time to join him on his heavenly fishing boat? What if his partner heals from his loss enough to love again?

"Please envision Ken floating above us in a great boat with a feisty fish on the line, cheering for the LSU Tigers, reunited with all the adoring pets who passed before him, smiling and patiently waiting for his wife Alice, the "love of his life and best friend", to join him on board to resume their life together on the best journey ever."
Turning a steel eye toward others,

St. Casserole

11 comments:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I am wondering how many pets passed before him and why!!

Songbird said...

That is very odd.

Cathy said...

Welcome to the SOUTh!

there are some strange obits out there! That one is purty near one of the stranger ones I have read.

zorra said...

I love to read obituaries, too. Each one is a little short story.

1-4 Grace said...

Our obits in "LA" are good indeed.
I like to read how the word the person "died." Died and passed away are still used, but more often we are getting..."went home to be with her King, flew to heaven with a legion of angels to be with his Savior,took one last breath of earthly ___ before stepping into eternity, lost a battle with cancer, but won eteranl reward, won a battle with cancer and went home to her Heavenly Father.
Yup. It's the South.
While in Hot-lanta an interim pastor form "up north" annunced that we had lost anotehr great member. He announced the lady's name and there were some gasps until he exp,ained she had moved to a retirment home closer to family. I explaiend after church that when you say "lost" in the South it means they died or they "don't know Jesus."

NotShyChiRev said...

A belated welcome home...and...um...
eeeewwww.

I know that someone was trying to be helpful...but I just see heavenly pets drowning from jumping out of the boat and a very tired fish that's spending eternity having it's jaw ripped open.

Bad pastor (slapping my own hand)...

Emily said...

I love obits in Utah, esp. of the Latter Day Saint variety. This one you posted has a very similar feel.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

We're irreverent souls because we like to read the obits and mock the names listed out at the end. Hippie obituaries are usually the best!

LadyBurg said...

Depending on the number of pets, that boat could get a bit crowded and smelly.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Obits should be entertaining. In most cases it is the last that will ever be written publicly about a life. This one has pizazz, I'll give it that.

Jan said...

Many death notices down here have a few words like a slogan at the end. It seems RIP no longer is enough.

I really did laugh when I read "After a long struggle now at peace with God." I wondered if the typesetter had done this, or was the punctuation of the person originating the notice somewhat lacking? However, it was a laugh, and not only that, but I could identify with the words about struggling and God.
Jan
Sydney Australia
http://jan2132.typepad.com/shalom