Oct 192012

My daughters and I have spent the last few days working on Beth’s obituary. This is a task that should not be put off until the death of a loved one. There is so much we would want to tell people about my wife, their mother. But there is also the reality. To begin with, people reading the newspaper and scanning the obituaries are generally not likely to want to read a long story about how much someone meant to you. What’s more, at $10 a line, indulging in excess sentiment could quickly become very expensive–money that should be better used. So when it came right down to it, we realized the important facts of her life trumped the depth of our loss and the breadth of our love. Here is the finished product as it will appear in Sunday’s paper.

Obituary for Elizabeth Shirk

Obituary for Elizabeth Shirk as it will appear Sunday, October 21, 2012.

  3 Responses to “The Obituary”

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your wonderful wife. I only met you once at Henry’s. I told you my sister Jean Freedman also had “I.B.M. From all I read in your blogs today I see that Beth was my age, I thought this was a very young age for Dementia.
    Take care,
    Janice Klerlein, Jean Freedman and Susan Freedman

    • Yes, she was only 65, which is very young for dementia. However she was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy in 2005 and that is a multi-system disease that can produce dementia. We won’t know for sure until the autopsy is complete.

  2. Mike, I hope that all the love and care you gave Beth is some comfort to you. You continue to inspire all of us in so many ways. Is there a place where we can find more of her artwork?

    Thanks for your guidance over the years to all those facing disability.

    Theresa Curry
    The Myositis Association

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