When people ask me what I do at my job at the newspaper, specifically what topics I write about, I tell them the shorthand version: old people, dead people and God.
Actually, I cover a lot more than that, but those three — old people, dead people and God — are the three areas that seem to fall to me.
This past week I wrote stories about four people who had died, and only one of them I would consider old.
Of those four people, I attended three memorial services. As I write this, I have two services to attend in the coming week.