Alison Shaw: Obituarist, optimist, all-round-believer in no such thing as an ordinary life
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Sometimes the human spirit’s capacity for fortitude is quite astonishing.
What a great start to the week : glorious weather and office wafting with the scent of sweet peas, delivered from mum and dad's garden. Happy Monday.
The mere mention of an obituarist’s trade elicits doleful looks and grimaces. But life on the “dead beat” isn’t all as grim as it’s cracked up to be.Once you get over the wisecracks – we’re not vultures, the Grim Reaper, Morticia – it’s the most uplifting, life-affirming job. A complete education – a daily opportunity to discover something new, record a slice of social history and the lives of those involved: the deb who built Halifax bombers; one of the last St Kildans; a Great Escape veteran; the Scotswoman who inspired Sybil Fawlty. Obituaries aren’t just for the rich and famous, they don’t have to be shared in print with the newspaper-reading public but they create a valuable record of a loved one’s life, a snapshot of family history that would otherwise evaporate. Death is incidental - they're all about life. http://www.wonderfullife.org.uk/latest-obits