The daughter of the late Roy Miracle, 80, an Ohio State University sports fan from Newark, Ohio, and three other people were pictured in The Columbus Dispatch, some using arms extended above their heads to spell out O-H-I-O.
The deceased in his casket provided the “I” with a cross on the wall apparently serving as the dot.
Reporter Encarnacion Pyle wrote about the reception – good and bad – that the photo received from bloggers across the country.
Some called the picture awesome, fun and a unique tribute to a true fan. Others questioned its appropriateness, saying they were disturbed by seeing Mr. Miracle's body used in such a public way.
Pyle added: Several ethicists and religious leaders say the family's choice shouldn't be judged.
The family-prepared obit focused on Miracle’s career as a home builder and remodeler and his church work.
Roy was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he often helped with cooking, the fellowship table and coffee hour and was a member of the Candlelighters. Roy and his wife, Reola, went on multiple mission trips with the youth of the church each year where they would help build and remodel homes.
Oddly, Miracle’s devotion to the Ohio State Buckeyes is not mentioned in the obit, although it is alluded to in the online guest book
This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.