WHEN DYLAN THOMAS urged us not to “go gentle into that good night”, but to “rage, rage against the dying of the light”, he certainly wasn’t doing anything to lift the lingering taboo of death, or to encourage our acceptance of it.

Although we are never able to know when, why or how it will happen, death remains one of life’s only certainties – yet in an age where we have control and choice over most aspects of our existence, death’s unpredictability makes us apprehensive and reluctant to consciously plan for it. Death and dying is one of the most resilient taboos in our society. Death is something ...


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