In the middle of her wedding reception, Brenda Sullivan snuck out for a haircut.


She wanted a pixie cut, and there was no time like the present.

“She lived her life the way she wanted,” her husband, Paul Sullivan, remembered.

Brenda Sullivan’s family recently gathered on a breezy, sunny day to tell stories of the woman they lost to COVID-19 – a wife, mother, and grandmother, a devout lover of ice cream, and a stroke survivor who was partially paralyzed, but always seemed to look on the bright side, according to her family.

Her obituary spoke of candy and mischief.

“She would always stir up a little trouble,” daughter Carol Svirsky said. “Like not too much, just the right amount.”

Her obituary also carried a passage that has become common since the pandemic took hold in Massachusetts: A celebration of life will be held at a later date when public gathering restrictions are lifted.

The Sullivans were forced to put on hold the rituals of grieving that they expected at the end of Brenda’s life. There was no wake with friends, no big Catholic Mass, no hugging each other or holding hands.


Source: NBC Boston