‘Anglo-Saxons’ don’t face death differently
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