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Florid descriptions of death

Looking through some old, old newspaper clippings the other day, I came across some old obits, from the early 1900s, and from various newspapers.

Of one 94-year-old who died in 1908, it was written: “For several weeks, she has been lingering from day to day only awaiting the summons to lay down down the mortal for the immortal.”

Of a 38-year-old man who died in 1912: “Bright's disease, followed by a complete breakdown with nervous prostration, was the cause of death.

And this sad one from 1880: “Happy Alice King died of Psuedo Membrane Laryngitis. Aged 1 year, 7 months and 27 days.”

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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