On March 13th, this past Monday, author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of ovarian cancer at 51. You might have read her touching essay in the New York Times, “You May Want to Marry my Husband”, in which she wrote a dating profile for her husband, Jason. In the profile, she included all the activities they would do together, his character, and his physical appearance, but also wrote of all the things they would not be able to do once she dies.
The essay begins with Rosenthal speaking of her weak condition, and how despite this, she continued to write it in hopes of her husband finding love again.
“I have been married to the most extraordinary man for 26 years. I was planning on at least another 26 together.”
Read more than 4.5 million times, the essay has pulled at the heartstrings of many. “He is an easy man to fall in love with,” she wrote about Jason. “I did it in one day.”
After the news of her death, an outpouring of tributes about the author were written, speaking well to her character. “The Fault in our Stars” author John Green called her “a brilliant writer, and an even better friend. Amy’s genius was in her generosity…which the world saw when her recent essay about her husband Jason went viral…As a parent, a writer, a spouse, and a friend, Amy Krouse Rosenthal was what I wanted to be when I grew up.”
After reading the essay, her husband released a statement saying “When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart.” I think we all were, Jason.
Amy’s humorous, yet bittersweet dedication to her husband was a sweet way to say goodbye. You can read it here. It may induce a tear or two, but no one said goodbyes are supposed to be easy.