Posted by: Bob Clark | August 20, 2008

Not Your Ordinary Obituary

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down” Proverbs 14:1 (NIV).

Wow! The other day I read an obituary that was…well, not your ordinary obituary. I was going to link to it but it has been removed from the Internet. It’s my understanding that this was a real obituary and not a joke. So, I changed the name of the deceased and some of her family members so as not to call attention to the real identity of the person. And I want to include it here it so that we can all reflect. Here it is —

Jane Doe
1926 – 2008
Jane Doe, born in 1926 in New Jersey, left us on August 2008. She will be met in the afterlife by her husband, Tom, her son, Tom Jr., and daughter, Billie.

She is survived by her daughters Marietta, Mitzi, Stella, Beatrice, Virginia and Ramona, and son Billy; grandchildren, Donnelle, Joe, Mitzie, Maria, Mario, Marty, Tynette, Tania, Leta, Alexandria, Tommy, Billy, Mathew, Raymond, Kenny, Javier, Lisa, Ashlie and Michael; great-grandchildren, Brendan, Joseph, Karissa, Jacob, Delaney, Shawn, Cienna, Bailey, Christian, Andre Jr., Andrea, Keith, Saeed, Nujaymah, Salma, Merissa, Emily, Jayci, Isabella, Samantha and Emily. I apologize if I missed anyone.

Jane had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.

Her family will remember Jane and amongst ourselves we will remember her in our own way, which were mostly sad and troubling times throughout the years. We may have some fond memories of her and perhaps we will think of those times too. But I truly believe at the end of the day ALL of us will really only miss what we never had, a good and kind mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I hope she is finally at peace with herself. As for the rest of us left behind, I hope this is the beginning of a time of healing and learning to be a family again.

There will be no service, no prayers and no closure for the family she spent a lifetime tearing apart. We cannot come together in the end to see to it that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren can say their goodbyes. So I say here for all of us, GOOD BYE, MOM.

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