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
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
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.
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
Often it’s better to put your energy into dying than clinging on to life. I feel for the Mandelas and their nearest and dearest. The days are unfolding one by one by one. I think this is one of the