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A fate worse than death

Sometimes, there are more important things than staying alive. It's time to stop treating death as the enemy

Clinging on to life at all costs can be undignified—and unfair to our loved ones. Photo: Prospect

In the summer of 1990 my brother, Matty, was knocked over by a car. He was 16 and I was 17 and we lived in a little village in Yorkshire above the pub our parents owned. I knelt by Matty’s unconscious body in the road and travelled with him in the ambulance. I could tell by the demeanour of the ambulance men how serious it was. “We’ve got a bad one here,” said…

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