"To everyone else who never cared during my life, I want you to carry on living far away from me, just like you were before," the woman wrote
Many believe that it is best to forgive those who hurt us especially when death is near. Maria Paz Fuentes Fernandez from Spain wasn't one of them. She ensured that her family who "never cared" for her were banned from her funeral. The woman even specified who was allowed to attend her funeral in her obituary. A photo of the obituary went viral on social media where it received mixed reactions. Some praised the woman for calling out her family and "not enabling hypocrisy" while others called her actions "petty".
According to the Daily Star, Fernandez, who died on June 2, used her obituary in a newspaper to publish an exclusive guest list for her funeral. In it, she wrote, "Since my family has not been by blood for a long time, I declare in my last will and testament that only the people mentioned below can attend my funeral service, be it at the funeral parlour, church or cemetery." She then went on to list 15 minutes after which she added, "To everyone else who never cared during my life, I want you to carry on living far away from me, just like you were before."
The outlet further reported that the obituary, which was published in the El Progreso newspaper in Lugo, Galicia, went viral online with many saying that the woman was "brave" for "speaking her truth in her final moments". "If they left her alone during her life, they can get lost with their hypocrisy, well away from her funeral. Great lesson from this lady putting them in her place," a user tweeted, while another added, "My respect and total admiration for Mrs Maria Paz, rest in peace." However, many branded the guest list a "disgrace", saying that it proves that she died as an "unhappy, spiteful woman", "dying bitter has to be one of the saddest ways to die, truthfully," a user commented.