Posts Tagged ‘obits’

Will Your Too-Frank Obituary Mention QVC?

April 14, 2017

Is being a QVC customer an “endearing foible”? It is according to The Wall Street Journal.

The broadsheet on Thursday in its so-called “A-Hed,” or Page One feature story, wrote about how obituaries today are not depicting the deceased as angels when they were alive.

The top of the story talks about the obit that was written about an Oregon plant manager, Wayne Brockey, by his grandson.

The Journal wrote that the obit “opens by alluding to the deceased’s penchant for ordering gadgets and clothing touted by TV pitchmen: ‘QVC lost a loyal customer on Sept. 28, 2016.'”

And??????????? Is that a crime?

The story goes on to quote Brockey’s grandson, who penned the obit, as saying that his family always joked a lot.

“So it made sense to mention his grandfather’s endearing foibles,” according to the Journal, i.e. shopping at QVC.

Actually, labeling someone as a QVC fan isn’t the worse thing that people are writing about the dead these days, as the headline of the Journal story indicates: “Haze the Dead! Obit Writers Tell It Like It Was, Warts and All.”

Here are some of the other descriptions that obit writers are using about the dead: “old grump,” “demanding old fart,” and “sore loser.”

Yikes! What happenedĀ  to not speaking ill of the dead?