I met a friend for coffee yesterday. She told me a story about reading Toronto Star death notices one morning a few years ago.
The first notice she read went something like this:
“Emma Williams, age nine, beloved daughter of Maggie and Roland Williams, died February 2, 2001 from falling off her horse while vacationing with her parents in Kenya.”
Directly below this notice was another notice:
“Maggie Williams, beloved wife of Roland Williams. Mother of the deceased Emma. Died February 3, 2001 while vacationing with her family in Kenya.”
“And then,” said my friend, “added to the end of the second notice were these words: understood and forgiven.“