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a family story

Richard Ford writes

Roger Rosenblatt means, I believe, to teach patience, love, a fondness for the quotidian, and a deftness for saving the lost moment–when faced with lacerating loss.  These are brilliant lessons, fiercely learned.  But Rosenblatt comes to them and to us–suitably–with immense humility.

Ann Beattie writes

Written so forthrightly, but so delicately, that you feel you’re a part of this family, Rosenblatt’s writing turns a story that might be too uncomfortable to read, or too sentimental, in the direction of simple facts that require sophisticated, but instinctual, responses.  How lucky some of us are to see clearly what needs to be done, even in the saddest, most life-altering circumstances.

a simply eulogy

I’m reading Roger Rosenblatt’s  A Family Story –  Making Toast and it is breaking my heart.

From the book jacket:

With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterized his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his daughter and a testament to familial love.

The Profound Power of a Simple Eulogy

Moderator’s Note from Sally Quinn:

Every once in a while we see or hear something at a funeral or a wedding or a ceremony that so touches us, that is so seminally powerful that we gasp in recognition. “Yes”, we say. “This is right, this is what it is about.”

Such a eulogy was given last week for Amy Rosenblatt Solomon. Amy was the 38-year-old daughter of my good friends Roger and Ginny Rosenblatt. Amy was beautiful, smart, kind, funny, decent, loyal and hard working. She was a pediatrician. She was married to a doctor as well. But most importantly, she was the devoted mother of three amazing children, ages 6, 4 and 1. Amy dropped dead inexplicably, with her children beside her, running on the treadmill.

Click on the link above and  read Erik Kolbell’s eulogy at Amy Rosenblatt Solomon’s funeral.

What better remembrance of Amy’s inextinguishable light than that we now illuminate each other’s lives, look after one another, be exceedingly patient and unreasonably kind to one another.


Roger Rosenblatt and grandson