How Jim Sheeler took the news ‘to a place where grief could unfold in depth’


Jim Sheeler knew how to get beneath the cliches and platitudes that serve as scaffolding for the grieving.

“Jim said, ‘You know, if somebody tells you he would give you the shirt off his back, I would say, oh really? Tell me about a time he did that,’” said Kay Powell, the retired obituaries editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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