I used to make fun of my grandmother who would read the obituaries in the newspaper on a daily basis. I would ask her if they all died in alphabetical order again. Now, I read them almost daily. It’s a little morbid, I know. I just can’t keep from perusing them.
I saw one on Tuesday that really bothered me. It was for a 25 year old man whose smiling picture accompanied the obituary. After the name, it read “age 25 of knoxville passed away unrepentantly on Friday, November 30th.”
I was shocked. I realize that there are people who die this way, but why in the world would this statement be in an obituary? I looked up the word unrepentant and found that one of the definitions is “without remorse,” so I hoped that it meant that the person had lived a good life without regrets.
But I doubted that this was the case. It really bothered me and the other people that I told about it.
Then the next day it was corrected. It read “age 25 of Knoxville passed away unexpectedly.”
What a difference one word makes! I hope the family is not too distraught at the mistake that was made. It was surely a horrible one.