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June 14, 2010 3:24 AM   Subscribe

Carla's final video blog from heaven - shown publicly for the first time at Carla Zilbersmith's funeral after her death from ALS.

Carla's self-penned obituary
Hi Muselings, this is Carla's son, Maclen, and, by popular demand, my final post on this blog will be the eulogy that I delivered for Carla at her Memorial.
Obituary in the LA Times [NSFW, language]
posted by madamjujujive (25 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Powerful stuff. Though maybe I shouldn't have started the day with this because I fear that I'm gonna get a nasty case of "something in my eye" later on when I start thinking about how awesome this is.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:53 AM on June 14, 2010

"I am badly, badly dead." Heh.
posted by emelenjr at 4:32 AM on June 14, 2010

My Dad just passed away last week, so thanks for posting this - I think he would have really enjoyed reading about her sense of humor and strength, because he made jokes until the end, too. "funnest death day ever!"
posted by HopperFan at 4:34 AM on June 14, 2010

Jeez, way to raise the bar on the whole message-from-beyond-the-grave, Carla.

not that I was planning on kicking it any time soon, so no pressure.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:46 AM on June 14, 2010

HopperFan, I am so sorry about your Dad. It's hard to lose your Dad, I know.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:54 AM on June 14, 2010

"Those damn Filipino nurses stole my panties!"
posted by bwg at 5:21 AM on June 14, 2010

Get off of McCloud? No wonder the gods struck her dead.
posted by pracowity at 5:31 AM on June 14, 2010

A close friend of mine died from ALS earlier this year. Carla's blog post on what it's like to have ALS is a good one.
posted by zippy at 5:32 AM on June 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

Whoops, in the link above, drop the "#links" bit at the end. Here's the correct link.
posted by zippy at 5:34 AM on June 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

That was pretty funny, but also very awkward.

Also, apparently youtube time limits still apply in heaven.
posted by delmoi at 5:36 AM on June 14, 2010

delmoi: "That was pretty funny, but also very awkward."

Odd comment. Awkward in the sense that it was clumsily executed? In which case, if you're thinking about production values you're missing the point. Or awkward in that it made you uncomfortable? In which case, your problem, not hers.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:26 AM on June 14, 2010

Mod note: added a NSFW link at the OPs request, carry on
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:46 AM on June 14, 2010

Read zippy's link. Read more on ALS.

Let me just say: fuck ALS.
posted by bwg at 7:19 AM on June 14, 2010 [4 favorites]

That was inspiring.
posted by phaedon at 7:36 AM on June 14, 2010

Although really sad, that "Oil Can" comment is kind of golden..
posted by Theta States at 7:44 AM on June 14, 2010

I thought that was so great. what a lovely person
posted by mert at 8:28 AM on June 14, 2010

She was -- no, is -- awesome.
posted by Asparagirl at 9:18 AM on June 14, 2010


Please excuse me. I have to go wash my face and figure out what the hell is in my eye.
posted by hippybear at 9:26 AM on June 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

...How easy it is to have a great day when you can make and eat you own toast, throw on your own clothes, go out into the world and do whatever you damn well feel like.

I retract my previous complaints about having a bad day, ever.
posted by Verdant at 9:54 AM on June 14, 2010 [5 favorites]

Top comment on Youtube:

She's dead huh. I'm glad she lived. I never knew her but my life is better because she lived and died. I'll miss her when I never knew her.

Me, too.

Carla, I only knew you for nine minutes and forty five seconds but I miss you, too. You have enriched my life (and the lives of many others I am sure) beyond words. Thank you. I hope you are at peace.

Thank you for this beautiful post, madamjujujive. It's been a while since I last cried so hard or have been inspired so much. Your posts are always wonderful and MetaFilter is better because you are here.
posted by stringbean at 11:59 AM on June 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

"oil can"

love it.

posted by stormpooper at 1:55 PM on June 14, 2010

thank you for your very nice words, stringbean - you made my day!
posted by madamjujujive at 5:15 PM on June 14, 2010

Seconding stringbean's comment.
posted by nickyskye at 6:28 AM on June 15, 2010

Humbling to think of her suffering, inspiring how she wrote about it and to remember the preciousness of this amazing life.
posted by nickyskye at 6:36 AM on June 15, 2010

ALS is a terrible way to die. To suffer the way she did and to still have a sense of humor is amazing.

posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:01 AM on June 15, 2010

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