In the wake of the passing of my mother-in-law, everything seemed surreal for several days — time had little meaning, food had no flavor, and the memories of the first few days seem very fuzzy now.
We were, of course, overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy and kindness from family members, friends, co-workers, and others.
Flowers, cards, meals — the kindness has been a beacon of happiness, and we are so grateful for the compassion from so many wonderful people.
But today brought us arguably the most unusual response to Carole’s passing: a letter from “J. Musanto.” Yes, an actual USPS-delivered letter.
Inside the envelope was a hand-written letter from J. Musanto offering condolences on our loss, along with some Bible passages meant to provide comfort.
The letter also recommended that we visit the website JW.org — the website for the Christian group known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The envelope also contained a mini-pamphlet extolling the virtues of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
And where did this letter come from? Toledo, Ohio. The return address on the envelope is 3725 W. Alexis Road, which according to Google Maps is the address for the Jehovah’s Witnesses temple (church?) in Toledo.
And my wife’s sister received a nearly identical letter today.
In case you’re wondering: no, we have never heard of J. Musanto, have never visited Toledo, and have had zero dealings with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
So either this is a sincere letter from a long-lost friend of the family that my wife and her sister don’t remember — doubtful! — or the Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Toledo HQ are so desperate to recruit new members that they apparently go trolling through online obituary notices and send cold-call letters to grieving family members in hopes of getting new blood.
Seriously – WTF?