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I so appreciate obituaries written in first person. They are rare gems, at least in my daily newspaper, the Mankato Free Press. The majority of people here are still rooted fairly firmly in Midwestern culture, a culture in which obituaries have always been written by families with the assistance of funeral directors.

Anne Walsh’s obituary exudes love, humor, and an appreciation for a life well-lived. I did not know Anne; when I worked at the Free Press I rarely had to cover the cops beat. I may have met her once or twice in passing in the late 1990s. But we have several mutual acquaintances and I know she was well-respected in the community.

Why do you think we don’t see more first-person obituaries? Or am I not looking in the right place?

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