Death

Naples will never escape the shadow of Vesuvius

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Naples, the tatterdemalion capital of the Italian south, is said to be awash with heroin. Chinese-run morphine refineries on its…

It is time for me to ‘get right with the Lord’

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘But you look so well!’ How many times have I heard that lately. Kindly meant by most, but for a…

What do Beethoven, D.H. Lawrence and George Best have in common?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

This is not a book about tennis. Roger Federer appears early on, trailed by the obligatory question ‘When will he…

Murder, suicide and apocalypse: Here Goes Nothing, by Steve Toltz, reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Angus Mooney is dead. Freshly murdered, he’s appalled to find himself in an Afterworld, having always rejected the possibility of…

Sister, where are you? – Clover Stroud mourns her beloved sibling

5 March 2022 9:00 am

‘CERTIFICATE IS NOT EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY,’ the freshly issued death certificate read. In the craziness and shock of grief for…

A playful version of the universe: Pure Colour, by Sheila Heti, reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Readers familiar with Sheila Heti’s work, most notably How Should a Person Be? and Motherhood, in which she examines both…

The dark world of illness influencers

12 February 2022 9:00 am

I have heartburn. I probably have heartburn simply because both my parents also had a lot of heartburn, and I…

The best podcasts about dying, or almost dying

15 January 2022 9:00 am

If there’s any form of entertainment that I will reliably find time for, no matter how big the to-read pile…

It's hard not to pity Ghislaine Maxwell

18 November 2021 5:00 pm

It’s hard not to feel a batsqueak of pity for Ghislaine Maxwell — 500 days and counting in solitary confinement.…

Covid has warped our collective attitude to death

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Covid or no Covid, we’re all going to snuff it

Death by negligence: why did no one diagnose my sister’s TB?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

In 2016, Arifa Akbar’s elder sister, Fauzia, died suddenly in the Royal Free Hospital, London at the age of 45.…

Covid deaths in context

27 May 2021 8:04 pm

What would have been your overall chances of dying in the first 19 weeks of 2021 compared with recent years?…

Mourning sickness: our conspiracy of silence over grief

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Why are we so scared of other people’s grief?

Tales from my private jet

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I was very sad to read of Rupert Hambro’s death. I didn’t know him well, but first met him…

The art of mourning well

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Malindi, Kenya I’ve learned that mourning must be tackled ever so gently. As a younger man, when friends were killed…

Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Indian Ocean coast ‘I love you’ became just ‘love’, and that was the last word Mum was able to say…

Trauma has become as American as apple pie

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Lord Belhaven and Stenton, a wonderful man and the quintessential English gentleman, died at 93 just before the end…

Spectacular and mind-expanding: Tantra at the British Museum reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

A great temple of the goddess Tara can be found at Tarapith in West Bengal. But her true abode, in…

My Aunt Beryl’s zinc-lined trunk revealed extraordinary family secrets

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Bexhill-on-Sea My Aunt Beryl taught me to love books and paintings. When I’m at a loose end in London, lonely,…

pagan

The pagan rites of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

23 September 2020 4:33 am

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg succumbed to cancer, #RestInPower immediately trended. The ACLU, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actress Reese Witherspoon and the ostensibly…

Dear Mary: how can I avoid my friend’s awful favourite restaurant?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Q. Almost a year ago I attended the funeral of my godfather — a bachelor and distant relation whom I…

Why people have sex in graveyards

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The oldest churchyard in Torquay is being used by people openly having sex and sunbathing nude in broad daylight. This…

Europe's 'second wave' has fizzled out

4 September 2020 10:19 pm

Has the Covid ‘second wave’ already run out of steam? On 9 July, just when Britain was reopening the hospitality…

In memory of the man who never slept

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The enforced boredom of lockdown has been replaced by a feeling of loss. My nephew by marriage, Hansie Schoenburg, died…

Letters: Did Bristol really want to see Colston fall?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Hong Kong’s success Sir: Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson are right to compare the UK’s Covid-19 response with Hong Kong’s…