Why do families feel the need to lie in their relative's obituary?
I am doing a funeral tomorrow morning where I just met the surrounding family for the first time and I have never met the deceased. Yet the line in the obit states: "She was a lifetime member of Da Country Church..." actually in full it states: "She was a lifetime member of Da Country Church and the founder of the country band 'Dorothy and the Raiders,' which played from the 1970s through the 1980s."
The church was mentioned first, but the band part is actually true.
I get that this is mainly a keeping up appearances thing - someone dies and folks want to get a church affiliation in there - and it doesn't bother me. Occasionally a member of the church questions me about it but usually it is just wondering why they never heard of the person.
It just gives me a chuckle to think of people maybe envisioning God reading the obits and going "Hey Peter, set that elevator to 'up' because it says here in the paper she DID go to church - my bad."