Death

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’

Children’s questions about death are consistently good fun

16 November 2019 9:00 am

What strikes me most about the Christmas gift-book industry — for industry it surely is, as I can confirm, having…

Roman funerals had real ‘emotional intelligence’

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Today’s funerals, featuring shiny black hearses and top hats, lack (we are assured) ‘emotional intelligence’. Colourful coffins featuring pictures of…

A frank description of dementia is a searing, suffocating read

5 October 2019 9:00 am

In Annie Ernaux’s The Years — her extraordinary act of collective autobiography —the ‘I’ disappears. Her memoir becomes the memoir…

Painful, funny — and with a brilliant twist: The Farewell reviewed

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The Farewell is a quiet film that builds and builds and builds into a wonderful exploration of belonging, loss, family…

Remembering Tim Hoare – a man like no other

14 September 2019 9:00 am

He was a Falstaff in his drinking and in his celebration of life, but his greatness lay in his friendships.…

The woman laid out in the coffin in front of us wasn’t Mum

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The receptionist with brown lipstick showed my son and me into a faultless waiting room, whose centrepiece was a big…

How Captain Mainwaring lightened my mother’s dying days

24 August 2019 9:00 am

On Saturday evening I showered, shaved and, prompted by a strange impulse, put on my going-out clothes. Then I cycled…

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Why can’t my mother be allowed to die at home

6 July 2019 9:00 am

As they say: it all happened so quickly that it wasn’t until afterwards. One minute I was bawling at my…

How an orphaned baby kudu gave solace to my grieving friend

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   On 5 April this year, my neighbour Torrie’s sister Vicki died during an operation in a Nairobi…

What my mother’s death means for Brexit

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Considerate to the last, she had her order of service arranged in her mind. I sat close with my notebook.…

Banana leaf, wood-effect on knitted? Choosing my mother’s coffin

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The mental fruit of yet another sleepless night was that my mother was determined to arrange her funeral as quickly…

My friend’s death taught me what Easter really means

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The bravest thing I’ve ever seen was 93-year-old Albert’s decision to die and the days after in which he stuck…

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My old horse was tough, ferocious and violent – and I loved her as much as she loved me

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Under a blood moon, that was how Tara went down in the end. The old chestnut mare sure knew how…

British poet Salena Godden presenter of Mrs Death Misses Death on Radio 4. [Photo: Roberto Ricciuti / Getty Images]

Listening to people talking about death can be strangely consoling

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Without death,’ says Salena Godden, ‘life would be a never-ending conveyor belt of sensation.’ For her death is what gives…

Cariad Lloyd has an excellent mission: to get us talking about death. Photographer. Image: Jonny Birch/Bafta/Rex/Shutterstock

Podcasts still have a long way to go to challenge the best of conventional radio

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a thought. Matthew Bannister, former Radio 1 controller turned presenter of programmes such as Outlook on the World Service…