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Death is inevitable—the way we deal with it isn't

By Tom Clark   April 2018

The only certainty (other than taxes): a graveyard in Havana. Photo: PA

Taxes aside, death is supposed to be the one certainty we have—the inevitable. But the way we reckon with it, how we grieve and even how we slip away, these are all things that can and do change.

Science has been restless, and remarkably successful, in keeping people “with us” for longer than before. Sometimes, tthe machinery of medicine creates a new penumbra, in which people are neither alive or dead. Cathy Rentzenbrink, whose brother’s unconscious body…

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