One of the tasks that typically falls to the executor of an estate or a close family member when someone dies is writing an obituary for the deceased. Although obituaries usually follow a traditional flow, there is no rule saying you must take a traditional approach. The recent obituary of Antonia “Toni” Larroux illustrates that point well.
Larroux, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was apparently someone with an exceptional sense of humor. When she died, her two children started to put together a traditional obituary. Quickly, however, they decided that their mother would not appreciate a traditional approach. The children, therefore, wrote a rather tongue-in-cheek one instead. The obituary that they came up with is both humorous and lighthearted. The children even question whether there are other siblings out their somewhere in the obituary.
The obituary also begins with pointing out that Waffle House has lost a loyal customer and goes on to poke fun at the deceased’s marriage, children, apparent inability to care for pets, and the debt she owed to the public library for overdue books.
While not everyone would appreciate an obituary like the one written for Toni Larroux, it does go to show that a obituary does not have to be a somber, serious recap of the deceased’s life. If you are ever faced with writing one, just remember that the point is to honor the deceased, in whatever way you believe that he or she would want to be honored.
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