Obituaries: The Final Word

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I never like reading obituaries, at least not about people I know who have passed away. I feel that no matter how many quotes by friends and family members the author crams into them, they still feel slightly impersonal. I enjoyed the sample one in Clark and Scanlan's text, however. They really brought across the point that she was loved despite her many quirks like constantly eating food out of cans. The article ended on a more serious note and gave the time, date, and location of her funeral. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I would hate to be responsible for writing the final word about someone who has lived an entire lifetime on earth that now has to be summarized and condensed into five hundred or so words!

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