Dying well by living, laughing, loving

If one is very ill, rather than endure pain to get a little more time, would it not be more fulfilling to embrace the end with meaning and verve?

Mortality and the fragility of life have been my constant companions for the last 40 years.

I have had to deal with the finite nature of life since I was six years old, when my father died. So from a young age, my goal has not just been to live a good life, but more importantly, to die a good death.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 19, 2019, with the headline 'Dying well by living, laughing, loving'. Print Edition | Subscribe