“May Karma find you all” is not a phrase you typically expect to read in an obituary, but these, of course, are not normal times.
Which is why a Texas woman recently widowed by the virus, Stacey Nagy, included those and many other pointed words for GOP politicians in her husband David’s memoriam in the local paper.
Nagy’s palpable anger has made the obituary a viral phenomenon, including on Reddit.
David W. Nagy of Jefferson, Texas died of the virus on July 22.
In his obituary, Nagy’s widow, Stacey Nagy, gives the usual details of his birth, life and the beloved children and grandchildren he left behind.
And then the obituary takes an abrupt and pointed turn, taking President Donald Trump, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and other GOP pols head-on for her husband’s needless death in a scathing rebuke.
“[Nagy’s family] blame his death and the deaths of all other innocent people, on Trump, Abbott and all of the other politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously and were more concerned with their popularity and votes than lives.”
Nagy had pointed words for regular rank-and-file citizens who refuse to take the pandemic seriously, too.
“Also to blame are the many ignorant, self-centered and selfish people who refused to follow the advice of the medical professionals, believing their ‘right’ not to wear a mask was more important than killing innocent people.”
The obituary closes with Nagy’s most stinging rebuke.
“…Dave did everything he was supposed to do, but you did not. Shame on all of you, and may Karma find you all!”
On Reddit, people identified with Nagy’s anger–including many who’ve lost loved ones of their own.
“The purposeful misinformation given to us by certain politicians has caused the people of this country so much pain. They are traitors to their country and need to answer to their crimes.” —GregKannabis
“OMG I wish I could carry lumber to smack these people who don’t wear masks. I don’t like wearing one. I’m guessing very few people do. But we do what’s right for ourselves and others. People need to stop confusing inconvenience with oppression.” —Chairish
“My step father died last July, my grandmother last August. Every day I am grateful they didn’t die this year, at least I had a chance to hold their hand before they passed. My heart goes out to those that lose loved ones without being able to say goodbye.” —Eknoom
“This is a powerful way to remember him, I’m sure that family is spreading awareness and hopefully people will listen, this is a great start.”
“All of this death is so needless.” —TinySoftKitten
“My mom died of COVID in early July, if I had written her obit instead of my sister, I would’ve totally done this. Your mask isn’t for you, it’s for me, and your lack of one was for my mother. Everyone that doesn’t wear one out of some stupid political statement should lose a loved one because of it.” —ZebulonPi
“This is how I feel about my great aunt’s passing. She did what she needed to do, and she still died an awful, painful, nightmarish, isolated death.”
“Meanwhile her own kids are posting on Facebook about how the government is controlling us with masks and will refuse the vaccine because Bill Gates is trying to microchip us.” —gingerscape
“My grandfather died last week. He did not die of Covid, but because of the poor handling of Covid in Texas (and the US in general), I was not allowed to see him before he died. I had to say goodbye over the phone, and he could not see me or speak. It was heartbreaking.” —BureaucratDog
“Had to say good by to my grandma over FaceTime about 7 months ago, hardest thing I have ever had to do…” —blinkker
“There are a lot of patients dying alone right now that wouldn’t need to if people just wore their fuc*ing masks and stayed home except when they needed to.” —DuntadaMan
“In lieu of flowers, wear a fuc*ing mask.” —YakYakYaka
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Nagy talked about why she worded the obituary the way she did.
“I didn’t do it to make people like it… I wanted people to know the ones that refuse to wear a mask, that they are the killers and they are to blame…”
“He’s not the only husband to die. There’s been thousands of other husbands and wives and fathers and mothers and brothers that have died.”
Texas is one of the current global hotspots of the virus.