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Charmion BS: obituaries - their uses... (34) RE: BS: obituaries - their uses... 26 Sep 19

I have written obits, and I always read them.

One of the main uses of an obit is to identify for the community the closest relatives and friends of the deceased, and the reach of the extended family. Thus, a reader of the Ottawa Citizen might see a familiar family name, check the age at death, and scan the list of survivors to see if the deceased is, indeed, the parent of that kid who spent Grade 6 in the hallway in 1964. A little more detail shows that the horrible kid of 1964 managed to marry and produce a family of his/her own, and is still on this side of the sod.

This information may or may not comfort the reader, but it at least rounds out one's perception of the world.

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