Blue Star

Ash's Ashes
By: 
Scott Sullivan
My daughter Flannery, 15, and I had to put down our favorite cat, Ash, last week-end. He had heart problems, passed a clot that crippled him, then another one. I let her make the right decision, then ponied up for the cat’s cremains. Grieving takes time, even for a cat. Are we blest to love when loss seems so painful? I say yes.

I have no desire to be Weegee, the New York photojournalist known for his stark shots of urban life, street crime, injury and death.

Yes, those things happen, even here. And yes, they are news. Life isn’t all cute kids and puppies. Still, there are right and wrong ways to present that spectrum.

Last week’s Page 1 picture of a car crash, which turned out fatal, showed to my mind the heroism of the rescue crews. What they do in the face of tragedy is important and dramatic. My photograph did not show the victim. That’s been my rule for years.

Seeing even that image, though, caused pain for the man’s survivors. I’ve lost both my parents and a brother. There’s no way I want to drive anyone’s grieving deeper.

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