Death and Writing Part 2

Posted on March 14, 2011. Filed under: writing | Tags: , |

I get Google Alerts for my name, and my companies, to see what Google thinks of me on a regular basis.  It’s a smart thing to do with any brand, not to mention if you want to know if any of those people you’ve offended in your life are spreading nasty rumors about you.  Fingers crossed but I have so far been lucky.

Today is my first day back to work and it is a slow start.  I don’t feel like focusing on anything in particular – so I checked my Gmail account.  Google Alerts weekly message showed me my dad’s obituary.  It was kind of surreal.

Obituaries don’t really do a person justice.  Neither do funeral services.  For both my mom and my dad’s funeral, I ended up writing what we can call a eulogy.  My mom’s funeral service was much more personal, taking place in a funeral home instead of a church.  So there were lots of wonderful things said about her.  My dad had a mass, so there was nothing personal in it at all.  The priest didn’t even use his name.  I wrote the following eulogy and said it before the mass started.  I wanted there to be something said about the kind of man my dad was.

My dad, David Allen Piscitelli, died on March 4, 2011, after a four and a half year battle with lung cancer.  He was 68 years old.  Here is his eulogy.


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