Curiosity Calls: Listing cause of death in remembrance

by epi on April 23, 2013

Q: Our high school graduating class is getting ready to hold a 30 year reunion. We have about twelve persons who have passed away. Our average age is 47, which is still considered a little young to die. Is it proper to list the cause of death along with the person’s name and date of death? So many people ask and we want the correct information to be given, not rumors. However, some are afraid that it is private information.

A: Although people of the same age as someone who has passed away generally do want to know the cause of death because it seems “close to home,” it is best not to provide details in an “in memoriam” section of your reunion program or bulletin. If people really want to know, they will find someone to ask.

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Joanna April 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

In my humble opinion, it is absolutely no one’s business as to HOW someone died — just being told that their classmate DID die, and leaving it at that, is fine. After all, it’s possible that someone may come to the reunion hoping to reconnect with John or Susan, and thus truly need to be told that the individual is no longer living.

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Joshua Miller April 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I think 47 is a lot young to die.
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