Who is Caity Weaver? Daughter makes Internet laugh and cry in heartfelt obituary for mother
A journalist's mother's obituary is going viral on social media, and readers are complimenting the author for masterfully making them grieve and laugh at the same time. Caity Weaver, a 33-year-old writer for the New York Times, wrote the heartfelt piece after the passing of her mother Dr Maureen Brennan-Weaver on June 14 at the age of 65. The journalist shared Weaver's obituary on Twitter after it appeared in Pennsylvania's Patriot News and received more than 32K likes and hundreds of uplifting comments.
The first paragraph of the article read, “Dr Maureen Brennan-Weaver died at home in Harrisburg on June 14th, shocking all who loved her by being ahead of schedule for the first time in her life.” In the obituary, Brennan-Weaver, a podiatristwho attended Bryn Mawr University, was described in vivid detail. Weaver writes about her mother, “She chose podiatry to have holidays off, but usually forgot to schedule them. [She] was treasured by patients who showered her with homemade treats she occasionally accepted as pay.” “She could not stop herself from buying shoes for patients if she spotted just what they needed while shopping. She categorically did not do house calls, except for patients she ‘really liked’; of these, there were so many she had to set aside whole days for house calls,” the loving daughteradded.
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Weaver, an only child, also made a humorous tribute to her mother's enthusiasm for finding good deals. She hilariously wrote, “If you mentioned a thing you liked, she [Brennan-Weaver] would get you 11 when she found them at a great price. She clipped coupons for diapers and left them in the grocery store baby aisle. Decades ago, she acquired a huge box of toothbrushes for pennies on the dollar and has kept her family in toothbrushes ever since.” Weaver also noted that her mother had "a cackle that crashed through rooms" and described her as "riotously funny and pathologically generous."
Got the worst news I’ve ever gotten last week. My mom and I made each other cry laughing all the time. I hate to think about all the deals she’s going to miss out on. I hope she guides me to the best sales forever. pic.twitter.com/dZoWdIu86C— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) June 22, 2022
“No amount of time with the astonishing Maureen would have been enough for her family and friends, though she gave us enough toothbrushes and memories to last several lifetimes. Oh, how we loved her!” the obituary concluded.
The heartfelt message left readers speechless, and other individuals came out to express their condolences. One person wrote, “What a beautiful and funny and joyous and profoundly sad obituary. Your mother sounds lovely, and I’m sorry you’ve lost her.”
“This memorial is achingly beautiful. Thank you for bringing her to life for those who never met her,” another user added. “This obituary made me laugh through tears. I miss her, and I don’t know her,” another person remarked.
It even attracted the attention of comedian and actress Mindy Kaling, who responded, “I am so sorry for your loss. And for the whole world’s loss! Your mom sounds fabulous.”
What a beautiful and funny and joyous and profoundly sad obituary. Your mother sounds lovely, and I’m sorry you’ve lost her.— 🎵 Sum- Sum- Summertime, Summertime Pizza 🎵 (@snackwave_julie) June 22, 2022
This memorial is achingly beautiful. Thank you for bringing her to life for those who never met her.— Taylor Cordeiro (@CordeiroTaylorD) June 22, 2022
This obituary made me laugh through tears. I miss her, and I don’t know her.— Booklady (@YayBooksYay) June 22, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. And for the whole world’s loss! Your mom sounds fabulous. ❤️— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 23, 2022
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