A Chicago librarian is breaking the Internet’s heart after revealing that a frail elderly woman asked him to check obituaries for a group of friends who kept quiet – and he discovered they were ALL dead
- Eddie Christon tweeted on Friday that an elderly woman asked him to check the obituaries of her friends and found that they had all died
- He said, “I hope I was gentle enough with her,” noting that he spoke to her for a while and offered to print her obituary
- The tweet went viral and people are praising him for comforting the lonely old woman – with some volunteering to send her cards
- In 2020, Christon told the Library Journal that he wants to make the Warren-Newport Public Library a safe place for its 1,800 patrons seeking information
A Chicago-area librarian is heartbroken after revealing an elderly patron asked him to check the obituaries of friends who had stopped contacting her, only to discover they had all died.
“I got a call from an elderly patron who didn’t have internet and asked me to look up some obituaries because she hadn’t heard from her friends from high school in a while,” Eddie Christon, Warren-Newport Reference Librarian. Public library in Illinois tweeted on Friday.
“I found them all,” he continued, noting: “She was crying.” I was crying. I hope I handled it gently enough for her.
“I talked to her a little bit and told her to come to the library and I’ll print our tributes for her or I can mail them to her. She had me read a few to her.
“It really is a hell of a time to feel so alone.”
The tweets have since gone viral, with nearly 10,000 retweets and over 204,300 shares.
People are now praising Kristen for his efforts to comfort the unnamed elderly woman, and some are even offering to organize a letter-writing campaign for her.
Eddie Christon, a reference librarian, said Friday that an elderly woman asked him to check the death records of her friends from school after she hadn’t heard from them for a while, and he was able to find all of their obituaries
Kristen works at the Warren-Newport Public Library (pictured), which he considered a lifesaver when he was homeschooling
He tweeted that he hoped he had done enough to comfort the unnamed elderly woman
“You’re awesome because you were what she needed,” @azure_angel420 commented. “Loss is so painful and you feel it so much as you get older.
“I hold you both in my heart.”
@Alanz55 also noted that he’s now at the age where he’s starting to lose some of his former classmates, and told Kristen, “Bless you for helping this woman find an answer.”
Another user, @HorrorCritic93, also wrote that he was “so glad to hear you were able to get her through this and also be able to give her some genuine sympathy.”
“You did everything exactly as you should, IMO,” he wrote.
And Robin Whetstone said, “I’m really thinking about the lady you helped. If I had her address, I would send her a postcard. I bet many comments will. Perhaps I could send it to your library and you could give it to her when she comes.
“You’re a fool,” she added. “Thank you for being with her.”
Other Twitter users praised Christon for helping the old woman
Kristen was previously featured as the 2020 Initiator in the Library magazine for his work at the Warren-Newport Public Library, which he called a lifesaver as a homeschooled student in Gurney, Illinois.
“The library gave me books and a safe place to read and watch media,” he told the Journal, adding that it allowed him to read all seven Harry Potter books that were banned from his home.
Now, as head of security at the library, he strives to make it a safe place for all staff and around 1,800 patrons who come to the library for all their information needs.
“If someone needs to use a speakerphone because they’re hard of hearing, you can move them to a private office, to a sales room or to a lobby, rather than just turning them off,” he said. “I reach out to this person to relieve” his needs.
“I love my job,” he added at the time. “It might be crazy, but the people here are my family.
“And because I was able to be a part of the library’s positive mission, rather than just responding to security. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”