‘Very few tears will be shed:’ Mother’s harsh obituary goes viral

An obituary published in a newspaper in the United States has gone viral for its harsh tone, with someone writing the woman would not be missed.

The death announcement for 82-year-old Cornelia June Rodgers Miller explains her drug addiction and depression, and how she tore the family apart.

It was published four months after her death in February.

It starts with "she died after a long battle with drug addiction and depression".

"We are thankful for the life that was issued forth because of June. We wish she could have appreciated the abundance of life she was given.

"Drugs were a major love in her life as June had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life.

"Please let June Miller’s life be a cautionary tale. Addiction and hatred are no es bueno for the living. We speak for the majority of her family when we say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed, and there will be no lamenting over her passing."

The family of the 82-year-old are now on the hunt for the person responsible for the obituary.

The family aren't happy about the obituary. Photo: Cherokeescout
The family aren't happy about the obituary. Photo: Cherokeescout

"Her family will remember June, and amongst ourselves we will remember her in our own way, which were mostly sad and troubling times throughout the years. We may have some fond memories of her, and perhaps we will think of those times, too," it continues.

"There will be no service, no prayers and no closure for the family she spent a lifetime tearing apart. We cannot come together in the end to see to it that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren can say their goodbyes. Her legacy is written."

June’s oldest son, Robert Miller, told NewsChannel9 in the US he believed his sisters wrote it.

But one sister denied writing the obituary as well.

“The whole thing is just sad,” Robert Miller said.

“It’s really sad that they don’t have anything better to do.”

Twitter users have expressed their feelings about the scathing obituary with some claiming "it's just the truth".

"An obit is a death notice & biography. Sometimes the truth is unpleasant but in the end it is still the truth. Lesson: Live a better life," one person wrote.

"No problem with it.Everyone that dies is not a saint.They took a different route than many do...covering over the bad.Kinda refreshing," someone else said.

Others have commented how "rude" and "sad" the obituary is.

"Why would they even post something like this," one person said.

"That's just down right ignorant and rude because without her there would be no kids grandkids and so own. They should be ashamed," another person said.

Despite some backlash from the post, it still remains on the paper's website