Tuesday 27 June 2017

Sensible focus helps face the end

Madam – May I compliment and complement the Life articles (Sunday Independent, January 6, 2013), in which Brendan O'Connor and 12 youngish ageing writers set out to discuss mortality and growing up? They did so with admirable honesty and subtle humour.

Though mortality – meaning death – was obviously not far from their thoughts, only 44-year-old Barry Egan referred to it explicitly: "I only hope that when it comes it is not something terribly drawn-out dignity-robbing, like my Dad in his hospice bed."

The main focus of all the writers was on an acceptance of the sensible thinking that growing up has evoked in them. Nervous shying-away from what may precede and follow death is particularly prevalent among people at their life stage.

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