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Halloween may be a good time to talk about death

Halloween may be a good time to talk about death

Late October and we bring our dead out to play, the only time of year we're comfortable with death, or our images of it. Shiny white plastic skeletons bedeck front doors; the zombie apocalypse of walking dead chase us through haunted houses; we serve brains made of Jell-O and chew gum that looks like eyes. Death, come October, where is thy sting?! Bring it on.

Any other time of year, no one wants to contemplate death or the end of life, or what it will mean for ourselves and the people we love. Each year, more than 2 million Americans die, most of old age and bad diseases — and most, still, in hospitals, the place we all claim not to want to be at the end.

The reasons...

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