Wilma Bremer's Funeral
Genre: Short Story
- Squier, Harriet
- Date of entry: Feb-19-1998
A woman who works at a rehabilitation center for the blind reflects on the deaths of the people around her, clients as well as patients. She recounts the reaction of the staff to the death of a well-loved employee of the center whose name the narrator doesn't recognize. As she assists the blind clients at the funeral home, she suddenly realizes she did know the dead woman, but never had known her name. The narrator reflects on how a sight-impaired friend of hers, Vange, approaches life with supreme attentiveness, and never misses any details. The colleague's funeral reminds the narrator that living means being more like Vange.
Published in The American Voice,1994 (332 W. Broadway, Ste. 1215, Louisville, KY 40202). The author is a social worker.
The 1996 Pushcart Prize XX: Best of the Small Presses