The old aphorism about death and taxes being the only sure things in life doesn’t hold true for everyone. After all, there appear to be plenty of rich people who have made tax avoidance an art form. Death, then, may be the only leveller.

Even then, the journey from dying to dead is a great deal more comfortable for some than for others. The levelling point is very brief indeed.

Grief, that inevitable partner of death, can bring a sense of parity too – through shared pain – although it is naturally complicated by the nature of our relationships with the deceased. Despair can be tinged with a range of emotions, from guilt to relief. 

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