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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Emergency Weddings

The NYT recently ran an interesting essay written by a judge about emergency weddings:

But Cheryl begged; she practically yanked my bleeding heart right out of my chest. She explained that she was a hospice social worker for Thomas, 77, who had recently been discharged from the medical center hospice unit so he could die at home. He was conscious and lucid but likely to die at any moment. He could no longer talk and communicated entirely though hand squeezes.

His dying wish was to marry Donna, his life partner of 38 years. She was 57. They had talked about marriage over the years but had never gotten around to a wedding. They had even gone so far as to fill out the application from the downtown wedding license center.

Was this yet another case of people irresponsibly leaving things until the last minute? Probably. But I realized in the moment it didn’t matter. People do stupid, human things. I could make this one right.

Read more here.


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Call me soft and mushy, but I think that's a very romantic story :) Was it a poor decision from a legal standpoint, yeah probably, but who cares - grant Thomas his dying wish.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Oct 22, 2011 11:42:02 AM

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