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Re: When a relative is not a relative...

Had to get in on this one again because a recent incident just came to mind. Recently a woman died. In the obituary that was printed in the paper and given out at the funeral, a co-worker of mine was listed as one of her sons. I went to him to express my condolences on the passing of his mother and he informed me that she was not really his mother, just someone he was close to. Now, the way that the obituary was worded, you would have thought that he was her natural child. He was best friend of one of her biological children and spent a lot of time hanging out at their house when he was younger but he was in no way related, not even a foster child. Once I realized what they had done, I let him know, nicely of course, that people like me who used obits for research would have been completely thrown off by what the family did. He said that it never occured to him or the writers of the obit that years from now someone might wonder where all of these extra children came from. So, back to the original discussion, when is a relative not a relative? These days it's hard to tell.
Peace and Blessings.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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