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Thankful for obituaries and other written records

During my time in the newsroom, I edited obituaries with reverence and awe and witnessed their predictable spike in number at this time of year. It’s a gift to many when families offer time and expense to memorialize loved ones with due justice in print.

Once, I wrote a series of feature articles on hospice patients. In two cases, their remarkable stories appeared on the front page one day and their obituary a few days later. One man’s family said they believed he hung on long enough to read his story before he rested in peace.

As Mormons, we generally agree that death is well-timed beyond our understanding. We also believe in the importance of documenting life through personal histories, journals and genealogy.

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