"People rarely receive the burial they desire. Those who would be quite happy in an urn sitting on a friend's mantel piece are obliged to go and rot in a cemetery or to its equivalent." - Voltaire, to his biographer in 1772
In my adult life, I have seen a few deaths and been to a few funerals. I have read a few obituaries, heard a few preachers give eulogies, and listened to a few loved ones talk about the deceased. It dawned on me.....There seems to be a lot of fiction wrapped up in a death. In some instances, in talking with friends and family, I asked them if they have observed this. Sure enough, what I hear most frequently is, "Yep, great works of fiction surround people's deaths." Wonder why that is?