Barangó, who was not religious, told her family that if they included any religious symbols in her obituary, she would come back and haunt them. In lieu of such a symbol, the winking, tongue-out emoji is an apt choice, conveying both youth and silliness, with a hint of raunchy humor.
Of course, emoji can convey a world of emotions and messages, which makes them perfect for newspaper obituaries where you pay by the word. Here are our thoughts on what different emoji could convey for the dearly departed.
Gonna haunt the shit out of you.
Can’t wait to meet Prince in heaven.
She died eating poorly prepared fugu.
Do not put me in an open casket.
Send my remains to space.
I’m not dead; I’m just going back to my home planet.