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Mourners have become accustomed to requests from families that donations be made to the favorite charity of the deceased in lieu of flowers as a form of more meaningful remembrance than a floral spray that will soon wilt.

With increasing frequency, a specific request may be included in the deceased’s obituary naming the charity or cause of their choice for the donation.

A New Jersey woman took matters into her own hands, adding an unusual request to her own obituary written when she knew she was coming to the end of a long battle with lung cancer.

Elaine Fydrych died at the age of 63 on August 13 leaving behind a plea that she be remembered by political action.

“Elaine requests that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton,”- read the final line in her obituary.

Fydrych’s husband, Joe, said Elaine, had become “more political” as a result of the House committee hearings on the terror attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya when Clinton was Secretary of State.

“Elaine thought it would be a complete catastrophe if the U.S. elected her president,” he said.

Those who visited the online guestbook for Elaine following her death expressed their willingness to honor her last request. “We will gladly honor your wish not to vote for Hillary!” wrote one, adding an exclamation point for emphasis.

Elaine’s request, though unusual, was not the first to ask mourners to take political action.

“The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P Grandaddy,” read the Upright family’s request in honor of Larry Upright, a long-time North Carolina Republican who died in April.

Read the full obituary here.


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