Bizarre News: Marrying a Dead Guy

Well, I don’t know if anything else will trip the wacky meter this week, but this is an odd one.  Magali Jaskiewicz and Jonathan George had originally planned to wed last November.  However, he was killed in a traffic accident just 2 days prior to the ceremony.  According to the Telegraph article, “French woman marries boyfriend one year after he died”, Jaskiewicz took advantage of an obscure French law to “marry” George by proving that all of the formalities in preparation for the wedding had already taken place.

According to the article, about 10 of these are held each year in France.

Marriage is a sacred act (or, at least it is supposed to be).  However, since it is also a legal ceremony in most cultures granting certain legal rights (inheritance comes to mind), I think this is an interesting situation.

What do you think?  Since he was killed just before the ceremony, should one just take the attitude that it was somehow God’s will and not follow through with it?  Or, since there are legal (and probably emotional) considerations, and since there is nothing in the Bible (AFAIK) against it, is this morally permissible?

Of course, if you want to weigh in on the sanity of the act, feel free as long as it doesn’t turn into a slanderfest. ;->


  1. The first verse that comes to mind is from Jesus, slightly reworked.

    "Let the dead marry their own dead, but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God." (Lk. 9:60)

  2. @Richard: LOL! I didn't see that one coming!

    OTOH, the more I think about it, the more I think you're on to something.