Laughing To The End!

Did you ever think that an obituary could make you laugh?  Pat found one that did, and hopes to do the same with her own one day . . . Now that is being HooplaHa to the end!


“I get up each morning and dust off my wits,

Open the paper, and read the Obits.

If I’m not there, I know I’m not dead,

So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed!”


 (Hoopie's note:  Another quote I love is this one by Elbert Hubbard: "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." !!!)

Nine family members hovered around Donald C. Cheney’s bed when his breathing gave a sense the end was near for the 85-year-old man known for his quick wit, irascibility and pure joy of living. Don opened his eyes, glanced around his bed and said, “Do you people know something I don’t?”

Did you laugh out loud? I did. And even though I didn’t know Don or any of his relatives, the joke in his death notice catapulted it onto my list of memorable obituaries. It also made me wish I’d met him. He was funny to the end.

I love to read obituaries. Every time I pick up a newspaper, I quickly turn to the obituary page even though more often than not, I have no connection to the deceased or the survivors. As I grow older, I’m more like the anonymous poet at the top – I want to make sure I’m not in them!

But mostly I’m a fan because obituaries are wonderful stories. In fact, some are better written than popular novels and I suspect more than a few are just as fictional. I am always intrigued by the type of information that ends up in an obituary, and wonder who and what is left out -- and why.

An obituary is supposed to be a small snapshot of a life, but it’s often history as viewed by the survivors and interpreted by strangers at a newspaper or funeral home.

I’m especially fond of obituaries like Don’s that surprise me or make me laugh. I will never forget the man who requested that in lieu of flowers, his grieving friends and family vote for Al Gore for president or the gentleman who served as treasurer of the local sewer district for 23 years, “during which time there was continuous flow.”

I also enjoy learning about hobbies of the deceased. I’m surprised by the number of ice fishermen and knitters in my area. I also once read about a man whose hobby was visiting Dunkin’ Donuts shops, but I don’t think there’s an official group for that – unlike the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, or a Family Motor Coach Association, two groups I learned about from obituaries. Also, I don’t think listing a person’s hobby as spending time at the mall (as I read in another obituary) put her in the best light.

It surprises me how many of the departed are such fans that their sports teams are listed in their obits. I wonder -- do the organizations ever send sympathy cards or worry about losing fans to the great beyond?

Meanwhile, I take comfort in knowing most of the deceased will be “dearly missed,” if you believe the death notices. I don’t think the man who had a “crusty exterior although some people suspected he might possibly have had a softer side” was among them, however.

Not entirely confident that my family will put my life in the best light, I have composed my own obituary. I thought it was pretty good until I read Don’s. Now I think I’d like someone to laugh out loud at my obituary, too.

What about you? Have you ever thought about what you want your obituary to say?

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