Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Offensive and Heartless. (Letters: You May Be Right)

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Offensive and Heartless. (Letters: You May Be Right)

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I was surprised and offended by the November cover story, "What makes a good funeral?" (interview with Thomas Lynch). I really couldn't accept the many references to the "bad news" and the deceased as "the dead guy."

The tone of the article is offensive and heartless. I would like to remind Lynch that the body of the deceased is not where that person is any more--he or she is with God and in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he or she has touched. The church is certainly the place to call attention to the good this person has done, even though the time taken may upset the funeral director's schedule.

Please be more careful with the tone of your excellent magazine.

Maureen Heisse
Parkville, Md.

May I express my deep disappointment with the Thomas Lynch interview. It does a great disservice to your readers. If Lynch is a funeral director, he should show more respect for both the deceased and the grieving families.

Today any parish pastoral minister or liturgy director would disagree with his statement: "The best funerals aren't planned at all; they happen. …

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