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In Memoriam: Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Kobe and Gianna
Kobe and Gianna Bryant/Getty Images

Kobe Bryant is dead. It reminds us that death is something we have to face sooner or later. It behooves that we cherish every moment we have with our loved ones.

Kobe died in a helicopter crash last Sunday together with his 13-year old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on board.

In the movie “Serendipity,” we learned that the ancient Greeks didn’t write obituaries. After a man died, they only asked one question, “Did he have passion?”

For sure, Kobe had passion making him one of the most feared competitors in the basketball court. When he retired from the game he so loved, he was rated as the #7 Best NBA Player of all Time.

With all his accomplishments in the NBA, he’ll also be remembered for showing the same passion in his off-court activities in business and charity work and, most importantly, in his role as a devoted family man, husband, and father.

As fate would have it, Kobe and Gianna died on their way to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball event.

At 41, it feels surreal to see him gone. At the same time, we can only mourn the untimely passing of his young daughter with her promise unfulfilled.

January 28, 2020 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

Shall We Write Our Own Obituary?


Dean: You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”

Movie quote from Serendipity (2001)

A fellow blogger finds obituaries appearing in the local papers somewhat cut and dry. Each one appears more like a job description in a resume. It tells of what the person was and what he had done in generic terms that could be easily applied to anybody else. There’s no mention of anything that would make him unique or special. In her words, there’s “nothing of the essence of that person.”

I checked the obituary section of today’s paper and she’s right. It seems that they are based from a set of templates. Just fill in the blanks and you’re done. In a way, I don’t find it surprising. This section is usually assigned to a staff member of the newspaper who’s just starting in the business. It’s where he hones his skills before embarking in more interesting stuff like murder, rape, politics, etc.

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February 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm 22 comments

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