Thursday, February 09, 2012

Far Too Early

I don't agree with the statement that only old people read the obits.  While I may be old now, I have read the obituaries for many, many years.  And since the paper 'back home' came online, I have read THOSE obits daily, also.  This is the only way I find out things, as I don't have  anyone to let me know any other way.  The last few days of obit reading in our local paper have been very disturbing, indeed.

On Monday of this week, among some very elderly people, there were five very young (and 'young' is a relative term) people who passed.  Their ages were 24, 50, 54, 58, and 59.  On Tuesday, four more young people were listed.  Their ages were 21, 50, 53, and 58.  Today we found three more.  The ages were 32, 59, and 59.  At least each day has less than the day before and we can only hope that by the weekend there will be no deaths reported of anyone under the age of 60.

I'm not obsessed by this deluge of early deaths, but I find it very strange.  It will be interesting to see if it continues.  Hopefully, it won't.


Janet said...

I read the obits too and today there were two people over 100. Yesterday there was a 1-year-old baby. I'm interested in people who were my own age, I wish they'd list the cause of death too-sometimes there's a clue, such as donations to some society or other, but you can't always assume that's what the person died from. I think it's a subconscious thing-like, "hey, I'm older than that, I'm still kicking".

meleah rebeccah said...

Wow. Those are all WAY tooooo young.

cmk said...

I think what was the most upsetting is that almost all of these seemed to die of 'something.' If it reads 'died unexpectedly,' that usually means suicide, but only one of these said that. (And yes, I shouldn't assume that they died of whatever the 'donate to such-and-such' was.)