Last month, an old high school friend called to tell me her mother had died. I live too far away to attend the service, but I did look up the obit on line. I was struck by the opening of the announcement: “Mrs. Jane Doe, a lifelong Republican, passed…”
It’s been close to 30 years since I last saw my friend’s mom and I had no idea of her party preference, nor did I particularly care. She was a nice lady, a bit goofier than other mothers, and she always made me feel comfortable in her home. I wasn’t at all interested in politics back then, and I don’t recall it coming up in any conversations. And yet it was important enough to be the first thing mentioned in her obituary - even before her husband and children.
As an aside, I’m pretty sure she’d written it herself. My friend said her mother left detailed instructions about when her memorial service should be held depending upon which day of the week she died. She didn’t want anyone to have to take off work just for her. So, yeah, she probably had the obit ready.
I am not affiliated with any party and until fairly recently, I was mostly apolitical. Needless to say, it’d never occur to me to include such a statement in my death notice. So I guess I have 2 questions:
Do you find this lady’s obit to be unusual?
Would you want your obit to include your politics?