I always read the obituaries online from my old home town. And it isn't because of the old cliche "You know you're really old when..." ;) The Oldest doesn't know all of the names of people I remember from when I was younger and there really isn't anyone left there that will let me know when someone dies. (Hell, I'm lucky if anyone in my family even lets me know if a relative dies, much less a friend's parent, etc.) So, every day one of my stops on the world wide web is the obits.
Today there was an obituary of a woman who I don't know. (The last name is familiar, so she is a relative of someone I went to school with.) She had lived a good, long life and was 81-years-old at the time she died. The thing that was different about this obit was WHERE she died. She was in the Bahamas on a FAMILY VACATION when she passed. OH. MY. G--!!!!
The death of a relative is extremely stressful, as we all know. Making all of the arrangements--whether the person had a 'pre-paid' plan or not--is exhausting. And this is when the person dies at home--or close to the home town. I cannot imagine WHAT this family went through to not only have 'Grandma' die, but they had to make arrangements to get her out of a foreign country and back home for the funeral. What a nightmare. 'Vacation in the Bahamas' is definitely going to be something this family never thinks about the same way ever again.