Woman bans family from her funeral and publishes guest list in own obituary

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Family feuds can definitely cause some awkward situations at the best of times, that's for sure.

However, one woman made sure she got the final say by excluding certain family members from her own funeral.

Maria Paz Fuentes Fernandez, from Spain, who died on June 2, used her obituary in a newspaper to publish an exclusive guest list for her funeral.

She wrote: "Since my family has not been by blood for a long time, I declare in my last will and testament that only the people mentioned below can attend my funeral service, be it at the funeral parlour, church or cemetery."

The woman, whose age has not been reported, then listed 15 names.

She added: "To everyone else who never cared during my life, I want you to carry on living far away from me, just like you were before."

The obituary, which was published in the El Progreso newspaper in Lugo, Galicia, has since gone viral online.

Some described the woman as "brave" for speaking her truth in her final moments.

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One Twitter user wrote online: "If they left her alone during her life, they can get lost with their hypocrisy, well away from her funeral. Great lesson from this lady putting them in her place."

Another added: "My respect and total admiration for Mrs Maria Paz, rest in peace."

However, others branded the guest list a "disgrace", saying she must have died an "unhappy, spiteful woman",

One said: "Dying bitter has to be one of the saddest ways to die, truthfully."

Current coronavirus restrictions in Galicia allow for up to 25 people to attend funerals and cremations.

  • Family
  • Spain
  • Funerals

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