Wednesday 16 August 2017

Miriam O'Callaghan: What we talk about in talking of death

Consumed by giving someone the best possible death - dignified and beautiful - we can forget that after it all, they'll actually be dead, says Miriam O'Callaghan

THIS IS THE END, BEAUTIFUL FRIEND: ‘Death can be a journey to forgiveness, acceptance, awareness, even bliss’. Watchers observe a total solar eclipse in the Australian outback in 2002
THIS IS THE END, BEAUTIFUL FRIEND: ‘Death can be a journey to forgiveness, acceptance, awareness, even bliss’. Watchers observe a total solar eclipse in the Australian outback in 2002

Miriam O'Callaghan

'Are you the doctor or the undertaker?"

It's almost midnight on a Tuesday before Christmas 2013 and we have sent for both. One for either parent.

"Eh… I'm… I'm the undertaker," says the man in the navy overcoat, who, to his horror and credit, bursts out laughing. "Madam, I'm so sorry… it's just that… you know…"

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