I don’t make a habit of trolling the newspaper obits, but every once in a while I’ll flip through them on my way to the weather. Occasionally my eye will be caught by a picture of someone quite young, and I’ll look to see how old they were. More often than not, it will be someone quite elderly, and the photo will be of them in their 20s.
That always strkes me as odd. I can imagine not having a photo of how you looked the day before you died, but it seems odd to have a photo that portrays you differently than just about anyone reading the obit will have ever seen you look.
So, let’s say you die at age 80, and you know an obit will be published with a photo. How old will you want to be in the photo?