Let’s talk about Dying: A checklist for checking out

Joe’s dying taught me that bank accounts get closed on death and that access to money is not that simple or speedy. When my husband Joe Slovo died, my eldest daughter had just turned 15 and her younger sister was…

Let’s talk about Dying: Talking coffins over coffee

Checklists for checking out – the practical stuff: it’s easy to draw up such a list and not that difficult to execute. Why have so many of us not done this? It would seem that our level of discomfort for…

Let’s talk about Dying: Dying to let go of life with dignity

For our ancestors, dying often happened suddenly. On the time scale of human history, antibiotics are a recent arrival. One morning, the first US president, George Washington, had a sore throat; the next evening, he died. Madiba’s situation is different.…

Let’s talk about Dying: Fractures around funerals

As Madiba’s health fails him, his family’s skirmishing may be unseemly, but it’s not unusual. Qunu or Mvezo? Most of us try for privacy and no washing of dirty linen in public. As a nation, we’d prefer our beloved icon’s…

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