CHAPTER 14

DEATH

Nature’s final victory.

Sherwin B. Nuland

FACING THE FINAL DAY

Part Three of the book lays considerable emphasis on planning for the later part of life. As a corollary, the plan should include taking care of the end, which is a preparation for death. So far death came as an uncertain eventuality, and thus could only belong to the domain of actuaries sitting in insurance offices. Individuals were clueless about the timing of death, and therefore the question of planning or preparation did not generally arise.

Today it is different. Most deaths now visit only the old. In all likelihood, this trend will continue in future and death will come almost exclusively to the very old, premature death becoming very rare. It should be ...

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