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shimmergal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:32 AM
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Amazing report in newspaper
Our local newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journal, has a fairly wide-open policy for obits, but this one in yesterday's issue really hit me: (Sorry I don't know how to do a link)

>> April 19, 2010, our beloved Lari _______ ___________, 46, was walking along a Montana country road with her dog, Cole when she was met by our Heavenly Father, who took her into his arms and told her it was time to ascend to Heaven to build a home for her family.

I keep saying "What???" Did this really happen? Did the dog return home and somehow report such a newsworthy event?

Nowhere in the obit. did it say what _really_ (in my mundane view) really happened. Did a car hit her? Heart attack? True, it makes a better story this way, but somehow I...just...can' And as you-all here know, I'm sort of a believer. I won't even test the reactions if I'd post it in another forum.

What do you think?
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 08:42 PM
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1. That's a bit prosaic alright, but it sounds like
Edited on Sun May-02-10 08:51 PM by supernova
Lari had a sudden heart attack or anyeurism.

A car struck her a la Steven King? Maybe.

Whatever happened, it really sounds like it was totally unexpected. Otherwise, it would have said, "after a brief/long illness at home..."

Deaths like this always leave people in shock. It's hard to process.

edit: In my previous married life, my Father in Law died suddenly and unexpectedly while he was out playing golf. He teed off, walked down the fairway after the ball, and keeled over. It was a sudden heart attack. The MD said that it had happened so fast he probably wasn't aware of it.

edit: The only way to know for sure, is to look up the death certificate when it becomes publicly available. Other than that it's up to the family to say whether or not they want to tell the "official" medical cause of death. Doesn't sound like they want to, though.
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DollyM Donating Member (837 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 10:38 PM
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2. sounds like a bit of poetic license to me . . .
I like what is being done in obituaries and funerals these days. They are becoming more personal sounding. I listed our son's four cats in his obituary because he was an only child and he always called his cats his "sisters" because they were indeed family. His obituary picture was a favorite one of him with one of his cats. He was a cat lover so it reflected his personality.
It sounds like the person who wrote this wanted to reflect that Lari was a simple person who loved simple pleasures, "walking along a country road with her dog . . . " I think it is a beautiful way of saying that she died peacefully doing the things she loved best, walking a country road with her dog.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-03-10 07:03 AM
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3. What I find annoying is that the writers presume to speak for God.
I find a hint of heresy there, and also of simpleton ignorant religious fervor.

This is the kind of crap that rightwing fundies write.

How do we know God called her to heaven to prepare a home for her family? What does that even mean?

These people turned off their brains ages ago.
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