Archive | Death and Dying

Afraid of Dying Alone

April 9, 2012   By KUMIKO MAKIHARA The International Herald Tribune/The New York Times NEW YORK — My friends in New York City laugh at me when I tell them of my latest fear: dying alone and not being discovered for weeks. It doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched possibility to me. I have high-blood […]

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Departure

June 20, 2009   By KUMIKO MAKIHARA The International Herald Tribune/The New York Times TOKYO — My brother peered into the coffin lined with dry ice and tugged at the sheet of gauze that had frozen onto my grandmother’s cheek. “Let me do it,” I said, pulling the cloth away with the sound of tearing […]

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