In these days right after Christmas, the obituary page is the saddest page of the paper. I think of the families who are mourning a death on Christmas.
The News & Record published 52 obituaries today, taking up nearly four pages in the paper. (The usual is less that two pages.) I don’t know the record number, but I bet 52 competes. Many of the people listed died on Christmas. The paper published 43 obits yesterday and 20 on Dec. 26.
That trend isn’t unusual.
The Charlotte Observer published 98 obits today, 82 yesterday and 32 on Dec. 26.
The News & Observer published 70 obits today, 82 yesterday and 38 on Dec. 26.
The Winston-Salem Journal published 29 obits today, 37 yesterday and 17 on Dec. 26.
There are too many variables for me to attach too much significance to the numbers. The emotional toll on the scores of families simply overwhelmed me when I read the morning paper.