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He’s With Elvis Now
There are some things you don’t touch. When someone has lost a child or loved one, you don’t do funny.
Unless you know the person very well.
When Dee’s husband died, sympathy cards were passed around at work. It was hard to think of anything meaningful and helpful and brief to write on the company card. Comments such as “He’s in a better place” or “He’s with Jesus now” really got my goat.
What came to my mind was, He’s with Elvis now. Gary was a big Elvis fan, not a church-goer.
I couldn’t bring myself to write that on the group sympathy card. Not that Dee would’ve been offended; she’d have a laugh! But The Others, the co-workers would be aghast; probably void the card and start over. I wrote something lame like, So sorry.
I told her in person though, when I delivered the flowers, card and cash donation. I told her what I wanted to write.
He’s with Elvis now.
Alone together, we had a good laugh.
Timing is everything.