It’s difficult to suppress certain feelings and emotions, and sometimes they erupt at the most inopportune moments (holiday dinners often dredge up the worst conversations, don’t they?). However, if done correctly, such strong feelings can make a positive impact, or even start a movement. One disgruntled person chose to reveal their past filled with abuse and maltreatment in the form of anobituary for their deceased mother, the abuser, and it is making waves around the internet.
While the news outlet to which the obit was originally posted has since taken it down, Gawker has the full text:
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Aug. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.
On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.
Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgivable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a "humane society". Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America.
When we first read this astonishing post, we felt as though it was just a way for the author to exact revenge against the mother who ruined their lives, but the last paragraph gave us hope. We appreciate that whoever wrote this chilling account of their childhood had a strong purpose: to raise awareness that abuse goes beyond the years of active physical torment. The mental scars remain forever and may even change the direction of a person’s life, for better or worse.
It’s amazing that this person claims to have been working with other young victims of abuse as her horrible past drives her toward making a positive difference in their early lives. We applaud this person. We agree that the obit probably does not belong in a local newspaper, though. Obituaries are used to pay last respects to the deceased, so this probably would have made more sense as a blog post, although we doubt it would have been seen by so many people in that case.