Sorry, I’m still around

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I don’t often quote Bishops, but Bishop Richard Holloway made sense to me in a recent BBC Radio 4 series.

On death, he said, treat old age death as a friend.

In our culture, we do tend to treat death as an unmentionable enemy.

Surely it is rational to treat birth and death as amazing events.

It would get us out of the modern practice of treating old age death as a dirty little secret.

After all, Mother Nature calls the shots, we don’t.

Aussie writer Clive James got a laugh out of it.

He did a series of articles saying goodbye. He didn’t die, so he came back in the media and said, “Sorry, I am still around”.

Max Nottingham