As many of you know, my mother passed away a few days ago. Let me first thank all of you who have expressed sympathy — it means a lot.
We have also been receiving sympathy cards from various friends, relatives, and acquaintances, all of which, again, have been welcome and much appreciated.
But in the stack of cards in the mailbox today was a letter that was not so welcome. We received, unsolicited of course, a form letter from a local Jehovah’s Witness activist who stated that she wished to “comfort”: us with scripture. I have no idea who this prosyletizing busybody is, but she was sloppy in her editing, and one portion of the letter still included the names of the previous recipients rather than being switched to our names.
Can there be anything more inappropriate? Does this woman read the obituaries each week and send out her nonsense (there were some Watchtower Society tracts in the envelope as well), hoping to win converts from among the grieving? Perhaps this person is well intentioned, but I certainly question her judgment. I don’t for one minute profess to speak for all the bereaved, but I consider it incredibly poor taste to try to push religion on a total stranger at such a time.