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Dear Abby: Lonely aren’t the only obit readers

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Dear Abby: “Still Alive in San Diego” (Nov. 22) said she reads the obituaries every day and feels somehow disappointed when she doesn’t see a name she recognizes. She asked if it was “weird” and you told her yes, that it seemed like a lack of empathy.

I don’t agree. What’s happening is this woman is lonely and the activity has become the hub of her day. It gives her something — sadly — to look forward to and a sense of closeness to her acquaintances when she recognizes their names.

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