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Writer brings the internet to tears and to laughter over moving, yet hysterical, obituary for mom

A writer has moved the internet to tears and laughter at her touching but hysterical obituary for her mother.

New York Times journalist Caity Weaver posted a heartfelt tribute to her late mother, Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who passed away on June 14.

However, because of her witty and comedic description of Maureen, Caity’s post has now gone viral – driving many people into hysterics at the eulogy, which described Maureen’s love of saving money and her amazing ability to find a good deal.

“Maureen was six feet tall and loved all kinds of strays,” Caity wrote. “She could outsmart any opponent, was wildly funny and pathologically generous.

“If you said something you liked, she’d get you 11 if she found it at a great price.

A writer has moved the internet to tears and laughter at her touching but hysterical obituary for her mother.

A writer has moved the internet to tears and laughter at her touching but hysterical obituary for her mother.

New York Times journalist Caity Weaver (pictured) posted a heartfelt tribute to her late mother, Dr.  Maureen Brennan-Weaver, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who passed away on June 14

New York Times journalist Caity Weaver (pictured) posted a heartfelt tribute to her late mother, Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who passed away on June 14

“Maureen’s true joys were helping people, and saving everyone else money. She briefly hired a skilled housekeeper, but found her a more lucrative job.

“She clipped coupons for diapers and left them in the grocery aisle. Decades ago she bought a huge box of toothbrushes for pennies of the dollar and has kept her family in toothbrushes ever since.”

Caity recalled a time when a relative asked Maureen for a toy microscope. Instead, she thought he was a real one “at a great price” and “meticulously” made hundreds of slides for him.

“Maureen had a cluck that raced through rooms,” Caity continued. “She died before she found out what she might be afraid of.”

In the obituary, which has been retweeted more than 32,000 times, the writer joked that her mother’s death “shocked everyone who loved her” because she “was ahead of schedule for the first time in her life.”

She added that Maureen is remembered by her 33-year-old husband, John, who provided “selfless care” during his “prolonged illness.”

Caity went on to explain that Maureen, who worked in podiatry, was “cherished” by her patients, who often “loaded her with homemade treats.”

‘Dr. Brennan-Weaver couldn’t stop herself from buying shoes for patients if she saw exactly what they needed while shopping,” Caity wrote. “She categorically did not make any house calls, except for patients she ‘really liked’.”

She also joked that her mother – who she described as “brilliant and curious and could have done anything” – went into podiatry to “have vacations off” but “usually forgot to schedule.”

However, due to her witty and comedic description of Maureen, Caity's post has now gone viral - causing many people to hysteria over the eulogy

However, due to her witty and comedic description of Maureen, Caity’s post has now gone viral – causing many people to hysteria over the eulogy

In the obituary, which has been retweeted more than 32,000 times, the writer joked that her mother's death

In the obituary, which has been retweeted more than 32,000 times, the writer joked that her mother’s death “shocked everyone who loved her” because she was “ahead of schedule for the first time in her life.”

According to Caity, Maureen was a passionate gardener and asked people to plant something in her memory rather than send flowers.

She added: “Keep in mind (in her memory) that garden centers mark up perennials for unbelievable prices in the fall.

“No time with the amazing Maureen would have been enough for her family and friends, although she has given us enough toothbrushes and memories to last several lifetimes,” she concluded. “Oh, how we loved her!”

Many online users were moved by Caity’s tribute, with one calling it “the most joyous thing they’ve ever read” and another saying it “laughed and cried.”

“This made me laugh and cry,” one wrote. “Your mother sounds like a wonderful person and I’m sorry for your loss.”

“I’ve never read a better article, not even from my own mother,” said another. “Unconditional, funny and true.”

Another added: ‘I’m sorry for your loss, but it looks like we’ll be the beneficiaries of some of her good qualities for years to come.

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Many online users were moved by Caity's tribute, with one calling it the

Many online users were moved by Caity’s tribute, and one called it the “most joyful thing they’ve ever read.”

It even caught the attention of actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, who replied, saying,

It even caught the attention of actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, who replied, saying, “I’m so sorry for your loss. And for the loss of the whole world! Your mother sounds fantastic’

“And well done, you gave her the obituary she so clearly deserved by being the daughter who was just the right amount of hilarious to write it.”

“I can only dream of writing a tribute like this, which captures one’s exuberance and boundless generosity,” another user gushed. ‘Sorry for your loss. She just sounds great.’

A fifth tweet read: “I’m so sorry you lost her. That obituary may be one of the most joyous things I’ve ever read – funny, tender, and loving. What a brilliant person your mother was.’

“All I can say is man, I wish I knew your mother!” another person tweeted. ‘Sorry for your loss.

Please take comfort in the knowledge that reading that obituary has inspired countless people to be a little more selfless and a lot more fun. Much love to your family.’

It even caught the attention of actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, who replied, saying, “I’m so sorry for your loss. And for the loss of the whole world! Your mother sounds fantastic.’

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