obituary from 22 year old relationship from widowers - is it acceptable or inappropriate
My dear 85 year old Mother dated a sweet man who just passed away yesterday at 90 years old. He was a dear friend of our families and came to every birthday, christmas, wedding function etc for 22 years. He and my mother were both married for 40 plus years and both met as widowers. Losing George has been like losing a step father.
My sister and I decided what to put in a obituary and first expressing sincere condolences to George's immediate family something like this:
"our family wishes to express our sincere condolences to George's immediate family, and to acknowledge our family's incredible loss with the passing of a very special man George XXXX, who has graced our presence for over 22 years, loving friend to Doreen XXXX and her family.......... He will be sorely missed."
My brother has since reacted with a response saying this is inappropriate and not our bailiwick. Etc. This is after our Mother read the proposed obituary and asked to have a picture added to the obituary and now my brother is saying how terribly inappropriate it is as he had a wife for 40 years and we are being disrespectful. His only son lives 12 hours away and is home to take care of the house and all the paperwork.
What is your take on this?