Oversights can haunt readers of self-penned obituaries

RE “MANY get in the last words on their own lives” (Page A1, Aug. 17): A word of caution to would-be writers of their own obituaries. Sixty-five years ago, unbeknown to his family, my paternal grandfather penned his own obituary. He highlighted his three sons, his Spanish-American War service, and his being a founding member of the Rindge Tech Boiler Room Associates, a group of male teachers who repaired to the boiler room to smoke during their lunch period.

However, he failed to mention the woman with whom he spent his last 38 years — my grandmother. Only his passing protected him from her anger.

Kathie Skinner

West Tisbury

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