Monday, October 30, 2006

Parting Shots

More than six million tributes are submitted to each year by people wanting to share memories of a deceased friend or relative. But not every submission is accepted.

In 2006, more than 300,000 were deemed "inappropriate" and removed before "going live" in an obituary.

Unacceptable entries range from airing family "dirty laundry" to accusations of misbehavior on the part of the deceased. "She was an awful boss," "He had a mistress," or "He owed me money" are common themes, as are rehashing old grudges and feuds, says Hayes Ferguson,'s chief operating officer. [Link]

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