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On Aug. 30, the top of our front page had two short stories about residents whose bodies were found in unrelated incidents.

Managing Editor Christopher Fox GrahamA woman’s body was found off Andante Trail, and a man’s body was found in a culvert off of Coffee Pot Drive. The woman has since been identified, but police are still trying to contact the man’s next of kin and identity him. Both were 30 years old.

Every death is a tragedy. Whether the deceased is a person in their 90s who dies of natural causes after a long, rich life with plenty of grandchildren or a child who dies after a sudden illness or accident, they are both mourned by friends and family.

As a newspaper — I refer to just the ink on paper preserving the written record of a community — every life begins with a birth notice and ends in an obituary. But as newspaper staff, the human beings behind the words you see weekly, a person’s death is more than just a story.

When a person dies quietly, peacefully at home and we receive their obituary a few days later, we make every effort to ensure the obituary gets onto a page in time for members of our community to attend memorial services. We know that some deaths, even natural ones, come suddenly. Giving our fellow residents plenty of time to make plans to attend memorials and pay respects to their dearly departed is our duty as people, not just as journalists.

When a person dies in a manner that warrants a news story, we attempt to cover it a news event while remembering the person is not just a name, age and photo. That person was known in the community, with friends and family, a home, a job, and habits that brought him or her out to local restaurants, grocery stores and community festivals, or to volunteer with local nonprofits, schools or clubs.

Since I started working for the Sedona Red Rock News nearly nine years ago, I have probably seen nearly every obituary we’ve run. I forget my keys almost daily, by I have an eidetic memory when it comes to the obituaries we’ve published. Many were strangers, some were friends, but all of them stay with me as the years pass by. One inescapable fact of life is that we will all one day be in an obituary ourselves.

When flipping through the newspaper to find events to attend or news story about local politics, I entreat you to read the obituaries, and remember those in them. They were your fellow community members, but more than that, they were your fellow human beings.

Christopher Fox Graham

Managing Editor










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