Eulogy Offers Some Answers

A journalist leaves a doctor's funeral 'feeling a sense of wonder'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 2:17 PM CST
A concrete symbol of grief: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The questions have echoed through the ages, ever since people started dying and leaving behind loved ones able to express the sentiment: Why? Why now? Now what? Writing for the Newsweek/Washington Post website "On Faith," Sally Quinn points her readers to the extraordinary eulogy Erik Kolbell delivered last week at the funeral of 38-year-old Amy Rosenblatt Solomon.

Kolbell's "particularly difficult task," Quinn writes, was "to give a eulogy for a family that was not religious." He begins by invoking "the midnight of our souls" and concludes by quoting Jerry Garcia, pausing en route to urge the mourners, "Let us then believe in one another. In a world so torn by hatred, in our world, now caved in upon itself by this one unbearable loss, let us bear it together." (Read more Amy Rosenblatt Solomon stories.)