Absolutely brilliant read, Julia! Engaging, heartbreaking and lucid. Thanks so much for writing this and keep at it!
My tuppence on death and dying is from Atul Gawande's excellent "Being Mortal":
In 1945, most deaths happened at home. In 1980, only 17% did. Around 100,000 years ago, we died before we hit 30. In the last 200 years, this has steadily crept up. In the last few decades, we live beyond 80.
Dying at a ripe, old age is unnatural."
I'd appreciate if you can spare the time to read my thoughts on the book!