Stand up, speak up, shut up

Charles Cowling

Here’s a nice, to-the-point eulogy:

My 91 year old Dad died on the morning of January 9th, 2010. Prior to his death, we had many discussions about the funeral arrangements, eulogy and his final interment. He wanted to be cremated and have his ashes scattered along the Charles River in Newton, but my Mother was very uncomfortable with that and preferred the more conventional path of a funeral service and burial. So it was to the 80 people gathered at the funeral home that I was able to deliver the last words that my father, Albert Kramer, wanted spoken on his behalf. He had told me…”Just tell them: To those of you that knew me, well, you knew me. To those of you that didn’t, you missed something.” I knew him, and I miss him.

From a Weekend Competition in the New York Times. See the rest of the entries here.

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