She lost her husband to leukemia after a two-year battle. "Eric never wanted pity... we kind of maintained that in writing the obituary," she said.
A woman from Nebraska wrote a unique and heartwarming obituary for her late husband. Crystal and Eric Sauser had been married for 13 years. The 43-year-old dental technician died on February 26, 2021, after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. He was the father of Amelia, 11, Violet, 9, and Benjamin, 5, reports Good Morning America. Sauser's lovingly humorous obituary captured the joy her late husband brought to his loved ones' lives and went viral on social media, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who reads it.
"I think his face is so red," Sauser said of what Eric would think about the attention. "He's completely embarrassed by me saying things [in the obituary] like, 'He's dead sexy,' but he would be so happy that he wasn't cookie cutter."
When I recommend stuff, I usually highlight stories written by @OWHnews reporters. But this obituary deserves a read. Godspeed, Eric pic.twitter.com/5JSThgsHSu— Bob Glissmann (@BobGlissmann) February 28, 2021
When he was diagnosed with leukemia, he began experiencing night sweats and found himself getting winded after carrying their daughter upstairs to bed. "We were shocked," she said. "Eric said nothing but, 'Oh well, it's fine. We are going to just deal with this.' So, that was our mantra and that's what we followed. He and I are absolutely complete opposites, but the way we managed this was as a team."
Although Eric underwent a stem cell transplant, experimental therapy, and several other treatments, cancer reappeared in April 2020. "At that point, Eric said, 'Enough is enough. I'm putting you guys through way too much,'" said Sauser. "But through the entire journey, Eric was such an amazing guy. He always had a smile on his face... he was more worried [about] what was going on with everyone else than him."
Kelsey Stewart (@kels2) talked to Crystal about Eric, their life together and how Crystal came to write the obituary: https://t.co/tB9OO3y3Ac— Bob Glissmann (@BobGlissmann) March 1, 2021
"I'm sad because I have a broken heart, but I'm not sad because we didn't win our journey," she added. "Eric never wanted pity... we kind of maintained that in writing the obituary."
Saucer explained that when she went to the mortuary to look at obituary templates after her husband died, she couldn't find any that captured who he was as a person. That's when she decided to write the obituary herself—which was published in Omaha World Herald—transforming her grief into laughter as she honored Eric's memory.
She wrote: "Eric A. Sauser, AKA Super Dad, AKA Easy, just a rockin' dude from Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, February 26, 2021, at the age of 43 with his wife by his side. His departure was just in time for him to make his spiritual appearance at every Red Sox spring game. Eric is survived by his wife, Crystal, and three children, Amelia, Violet and Benjamin, all of whom will likely sleep in the same bed for many years to come (sorry, Eric)... In addition to his immediate family, Eric leaves behind an incredible extended family and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by billions, including his dog Harvey who most of us loved to hate."
“We are not positive, but we think the cause of death was either leukemia or more likely being ’dead sexy.’”— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 9, 2021
A Nebraska woman wrote her late husband’s obituary in hopes to capture his legacy and leave a lasting impact. https://t.co/fmk24ZiJNC
Sauser also adorably listed all the things, activities, and people her husband loved and hated. "Eric loved, in this order, his smoking hot wife, his brilliant kids and family, his many friends, the Boston Red Sox, the Kansas City Chiefs (before being a Chiefs fan was cool), the Huskers, Liverpool Futbol, QT iced tea, Adidas sneakers, fishing, backpacking, hiking, hunting, and any old Chevy he saw on the road," she shared. "Eric hated sad stories, beets, romantic comedies, a snow-packed driveway, and turning off the garage light."
"We are not positive, but we think the cause of death was either leukemia or more likely being "dead sexy". Eric, we've always loved you and miss you already," she added.
Eric's daughter Amelia read the obituary at his memorial service, which also included a dance party.