Brother’s obituary for his sister with cerebral palsy goes viral

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A tribute written by a brother for his 61-year-old sister has gone viral on social media, as the love and grief are expressed in just 189 words.

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Karen Ann Sydow was born with cerebral palsy and died on 5 September. Her 64-year-old brother, Eric Sydow, wrote and published an obituary titled “A Special Sister” two days after her death. Los Angeles Times Newspaper.

The obituary was witnessed by Daniel Miller, who works as a reporter for the newspaper. Mr Miller tweeted a picture of it. “Remarkable obituary in today’s paper,” he wrote.


Mr Sydow’s words for Karen sparked outrage with social media users, including some celebrities, expressing their condolences. Some said that reading this brought tears to their eyes.

Mr Miller’s viral tweet has been viewed 10 million times, according to the journalist, who shortly thereafter met with Mr Sydow and wrote a story on his death. LA Times.

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The unconditional love of brother and sister resonated.

“In memory of my sister who never wanted or misunderstood,” wrote Mr. Sydow in his heartbreaking tribute. “She was born with cerebral palsy and could never speak more than three words,” he said.

The three words were “mom”, “piano” and “donald’s”, a reference to McDonald’s, Karen’s favorite restaurant.

Mr Sydow wrote that the pandemic had made it “beyond difficult” to see his sister and that it was only recently that they were starting to get back to normal.

He recalled their last outing together. “We took a sunny bike ride; She laughed and clapped,” he wrote.

Then, as the two stopped for a picnic lunch by the lake, Karen began to say “Mom, Mama.”

“Mom is not here anymore,” said Mr. Sydow, holding his sister close. The siblings lost their mother in May this year. His father had died in 2007.

“Karen put her head on my shoulder completely out of the norm and tears rolled down her cheek. Yes, she understood,” wrote Mr. Sydow.

Exactly two weeks later, Karen died of heart and respiratory failure.

“I think she really wanted to be with mom.”

Addressing his “special sister”, Mr. Sydow wrote: “Karen, I wish I could make you laugh one more time. I needed you too.”

Mr Miller, writing in la times, He said that when he read the obituary, “by the end of it, I also had a grip on my throat.”

Overwhelmed by the fervor of support for Mr. Sydow, the journalists reached out to him again.

“My sister was my father’s first priority. When he passed he gave me very few instructions but … he wanted him to be happy,” Mr. Sydow told Mr. Miller.

Social media users poured mournful and heartfelt reactions to Mr Miller’s tweet.

One user responded to Mr Miller’s tweet, writing: “If an obituary is meant to make you feel like you know the person and share their loss, his brother did it in so few words, It’s amazing. What a beautiful tribute. Thank you Eric for sharing your sister with us. I’m so sorry for your loss.”

Another user said that “As the mother of a child (21) with cerebral palsy who is non-verbal but has a laugh that is the most contagious you will ever hear, it made me cry a lot this morning.”

Another user wrote: “When there’s so much to be thankful for. You may need a tissue while reading this.”

Mr Sydow told Mr Miller he was not aware of the heartfelt reactions to his obituary and was impressed by the support he had received.

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