Is that a terrible thing to say? I certainly don’t love losing people. But a good, thorough obituary is a great loving summary and tends to find the ultra special parts of a person. This morning a past Foundation Board member was memorialized in the Herald Republic. I knew Neil Dickenson as a board member in the early 90’s, one of the people who helped us get the Memorial Foundation started. http://www.yakima-herald.com/obits2012/08/15/neil-nathan-dickensen/print
Neil was an accomplished businessman and community leader with lists of accomplishments. But the bits I like best “He was especially proud of his wife and daughters…he enjoyed the comfort of being at home…a fun and loyal friend….He inspired all who knew him to achieve their maximum goals and potential.” Lovely.
And, it seems to me that we are all learning to approach funerals with a more joyful spirit. Per the instruction in Neil’s obituary: A Celebration of Life…encourages friends to come in casual attire – Mariners team gear, golf and tennis wear are welcome.” I imagine this is how Neil would have wanted it!