Not one mention

I attended a funeral today.  The director leading the service mentioned the man’s  biological daughter and his step children. There was no mention of his son who died fifteen years ago, although he was in the obituary. That grief takes a of space in a parent’s life and can’t simply be carved out of a life because it doesn’t make a good end-of-life story.

How does one accidentally forget to mention the son of the deceased? Standing there confused, the gravity of the omission wormed its way into my conscious.  This wasn’t an oversight but a purposeful omission.

Had his …