Perhaps it’s a function of my age, but I am becoming my mother. I read the obituaries. This week had two interesting ones. The first was comical. The widower was referred to as irritating, the cat was annoying and there was a snail, two extra spouses and a lover mentioned.
In general, I’ve been encouraged by how long people live here and young deaths are less common. Yesterday, there was an obituary for a man in his 40’s. In reading it, I learned that he was predeceased by his wife. In my mind, I thought perhaps he was so distraught by her death he committed suicide.
I was partly right. Today’s paper had an article about the murder – suicide that led to his death. He was predeceased by his wife.