Death used to be all around. As a teenager, I remember my granny, who was one of seven, telling me of her sister, Molly, who’d died as a child. What was amazing about this was that she’d never thought to mention it to us before; when I repeated the story to my mother (her daughter) later, she refused to believe me at first. But in my grandmother’s time, death was a more quotidian thing, if no less a painful one. It happened in most houses. On my dressing table are some silver-backed hair brushes, engraved with the letter N, for Nan, the sister my granny would later nurse as she lay dying from cancer as a young woman. In my childhood, people were still odd about cancer. They hated even to say the word, which must have been torture for those suffering from it. (In Tolstoy’s story, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the lie that he is sick, rather than dying, is Ivan’s chief torment: a farce, played supposedly for his benefit, which makes the prospect of his death … [Read more...] about Is there a better way to die?
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