There’s an interesting debate going on in the comments section of our story on the funeral of 1st Sgt. Jose Crisostomo of Spanaway. More specifically, the discussion centers around our decision to run a photo showing the coffin lowered in the grave.
Some readers chimed in: “EVEN if you had their permission – a photo right down into the grave? Cbeese-and-rice TNT have some respect. A flag draped casket, fine. But this is beyond the pale of taste and decorum,” said user frankiethomas.
cking9900 agreed: “This is a tasteless photo to publish! There had to have been other pics to choose from that would illustrate the sadness while being more respectful? Shame on you!”
bobbysangelwife, one of this blog’s most frequent commenters, disagreed: “What’s wrong…..death and tragedy a little too real for you? This is what we deal with in the military sometimes…I think it’s a powerful photo that says so much about how loved, respected, and missed this man will be. It’s not pretty, but it’s reality. It’s what our families go through sometimes”
Pserious apparently liked the photo selection: “I think the photo shows the true emotions of a family who has to say goodbye to a loved one. There is no shame in that.”
So what do you think? For what it’s worth, we were invited to the funeral. Several family members thanked us for being there; during one of the eulogies, it was mentioned that Crisostomo would’ve bragged about being all over the news.
But the way the media handles military deaths are always a touchy subject, and I’d be interested in getting y’all’s take — either here, or on the story comments.