‘An­glo-Sax­ons’ don’t face death dif­fer­ently

The Guardian - - LETTERS -

I’m glad that Kevin Too­lis’s fa­ther taught him an in­valu­able les­son in “how to die” (In my fa­ther’s wake, Fam­ily, 9 Septem­ber) but why is his ar­ti­cle con­structed around the nar­ra­tive that the “An­glo-Saxon” world is in de­nial about death? Where is his ev­i­dence?

Hav­ing worked as a pal­lia­tive care so­cial worker with hun­dreds of dy­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies from many dif­fer­ent back­grounds, I have never ob­served any dif­fer­ence in how the “An­glo-Sax­ons” ap­proach death. Some face death head on and talk about it openly, oth­ers carry on as nor­mal un­til the last minute – and so on.

Too­lis states that An­glo-Sax­ons would be very shocked if deaths were an­nounced on lo­cal ra­dio. Would they? They might be bored be­cause, as he ad­mits, there are a lot of deaths each day in a city like Lon­don.

Please don’t let’s have any more stereo­typ­ing of the An­glo-Sax­ons. It is dis­re­spect­ful to peo­ple try­ing to face their fi­nal ill­ness with dig­nity and courage, par­tic­u­larly if they have not been for­tu­nate enough to live to an old age. Suzy Croft Nor­wich

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