Thursday, May 26, 2016

Taxes, death, and libraries

A patron just came up to the front desk, handed me a library card, and said "He died yesterday."

"I'm so sorry." I said with sympathy. And why not. What's with all this dying stuff anyway?

She said thank you and that she returned his books and if there is anything else owed or any other issues we could call them, if we had to.

And that was that.

But it brings up an important point.

The very moment a loved one of yours dies don't call anyone. Don't even stop to tell the nurse. Do not shed a tear. No mortuaries, relatives, friends, or hospice workers should be contacted. At least not at first. Because before you do a single other thing you must get yourself to your loved one's library and let them know that your loved one has passed away. Only after you have alerted your loved one's library is it okay to begin all the secondary aspects of dealing with their death.

And why must you above all immediately contact the library?

So I can sit here holding a dead person's library card, like some dark talisman, wondering what to do with it.

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