Duce's Wild: Thankful for obituaries and other written records

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  • az roadrunner Apache Junction, AZ
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    I had the solemn challenge of writing an obituary for my wife three months ago. It is a daunting task to try to compress 86 years of vibrant life into just a few words. I hope I did her justice.

  • Lentzeh South Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 6:24 a.m.

    This week I found several obituaries in historic newspapers of my close neighbors that I created Find A Grave memorials for or suggested be added to memorials already there. I often have special visits from those named as I am working on them. Not only is it sometimes a wonderful family reunion, but also a friendship reunion. As a special education teacher, I have particular sensibility to those with less mortal intelligence. One of those I worked on this week was in that category. A very intelligent and loving spirit visited me and thanked our family for treating him with love, fun, and respect when he lived on earth. I have very fond memories of him visiting our home as I was growing up.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    I have had the assignment to write an obituary for a deceased parent and it is a reflective, sacred time as one decides what should be placed into print about the person.

    I don't think there's groups of individuals that die the same day due to some connection, but then I haven't thought about it before. I do believe that each person is a beloved son or daughter of God and that they have finished their work and thus are called home.

    Also, if we could talk with them they would tell us they are both happy beyond our comprehension and that they desire to be there, free from pain and suffering or the trials of just living. Further, they would say that they will patiently wait for us and are interested in what we are doing with our lives until we meet again.

    This is an article worthy of Thanksgiving Day....thanks for writing it.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Nov. 22, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    What an excellent article. Thank-you.

    I have been the beneficiary of many pleasant hours reading obituaries about several of my family and ancestry. They have also greatly enhanced my family-history as I have added them as notes. They give those who follow great insight into the person concerned, rather than just dates of "Hatch," "Match" and "Dispatch."

    When I first converted to the LDS Faith, my family were more than upset. (I was only 17 years old.) As I have researcherd my Family-history my family warmed to hear of stories I have learned of family members. Some 44 years later I have recently passed the milestone of identifying more than 10,000 names from my extended family. Many of them will only be remembered going forward because of facts I learned about them. (My own mother was totally unaware of the fact that her father had married twice, having been widowed before she was born.)

    One thing I have also learned is the importance of keeping a journal of our own life. We can leave memories, and, more importantly, lessons that we have learned by experience. Our descendants can learn by OUR mistakes, and not their own.