Death

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,…

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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…

The dying need real conversation, not false cheeriness

13 June 2020 9:00 am

A nurse friend recently finished six weeks in a Covid intensive care unit where she witnessed many deaths and always…

How I finally came to terms with my sister’s death

6 June 2020 9:00 am

‘Grief is the price we pay for love,’ the Queen once wrote. This memoir is steeped in the pain of…

And end to decent dying

6 June 2020 9:00 am

From 22 March 1986: They used to say that war is the ruin of serious soldiering. Too much disorder, too…

Writing obituaries can be strangely life-affirming

9 May 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing morbid about writing obituaries

Why we love requiems

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Alexandra Coghlan on the enduring appeal of requiems

The trade in cadavers is rife with scandal

11 April 2020 9:00 am

John Troyer, the director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, has moves. You can…

His son’s death may have inspired some of Shakespeare’s greatest lines, but he never recovered from the loss

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Maggie O’Farrell is much possessed by death. Her first novel, After You’d Gone (2000), chronicled the inner life of a…

A meditation on death

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   I shoulda been a weatherman: no sooner had I announced snow to be a Gstaad rarity than it…

The comfort of building your own coffin

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The rise of ‘coffin clubs’