TEHRAN – Collecting copies of obituaries has become th exclusive hoppy of Naser Qaderi. he has been collecting them for more than 37 years! Qaderi is 47 and lives in Hashtrud East Azarbaijan with his wife and makes a modest living working at funeral ceremonies.
He has collected over 4,000 pieces of obituaries over the past four decades and has listed and categorized tem according to the year and datw of the death.
When someone dies, his/ her relatives print the obituary on pieces of paper in quantity There are shops that ofer the service of printing death notices. the copies will than be handed out to the relatives and some are attached to walls and windows of stores in the neighborhood to announce the death of the person and to inform people of the date and time of the funeral.
In Iran, a ceremony is held in the mosque on the third day after the body is buried. In other times, the seventh day was also remembered in he mosque but tese days the third and seventh day ceremonies are combined in oneStill in some regions, the older traditional of two memorial ceremonies persists.
”Watching these obituaries will remind us that we also follow the same path. We all will join the death caravan some day and our names and photos will likewise be printed on these notices. By collecting these I intend to remid people, particularly the youth, to watch their behaviors, since death is always close by.”
It is worth mentioning that the the male death notices bear te portrait of the dead person, but the females’ notices ae printed ithout a photo.
” We have been married for 20 years and were not granted with any children , so collecting these notices has been my sole hobby,” Qaderi says.
On the process of collecting the notices he says, ” I attend the funeral ceremonies across the town and after the ceremony is over, I ask the family if I can have notice. I usually take one from the bulletin board at the mosque . Of course, people in Hashtrud know me, and sometime they ,themselves, send me a copy.”
He laer expressed hopes to hold an exhibition in the future to display his collection adding, ”Sometimes after the years, a relative comes to me and want to take a copy home with them.”
Over the years, the obituaries have made good progress. In the ast, they were handwritten and some even had spelling erros. In contrast, now, paper quality is much better and soe notices are even printed in color, he concluded.