Charles Cowling
      “They said I couldn’t shoot him til he was inside the house, so I waited til he got in the door and then I shot him.”   Sarah McKinley, after killing Justin Martin, a burglar, with the permission of the emergency services.    Can’t give you a
Charles Cowling
      The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.   Book of Common Prayer (1928)  
Charles Cowling
    “All doctors have the knowledge and – usually – the means to end their lives … and quite a few use this privilege, even if it doesn’t appear on their death certificates. Doctors are also more likely to have medical friends and relations prepared to assist if necessary.
Charles Cowling
      “Medical training rarely deals with helping the dying patient find peace and comfort. In fact, most physicians are uncomfortable with the entire subject. I believe it is one of the most neglected aspects of medical care.”   Dr Roger Bone, here.         
Charles Cowling
      “I do think people need ritual, and probably particularly funerals. Because no one wants to be told, “Okay, you have a dead relative. Go bury him someplace.” They want to know that something will kick in now. It will be taken out of my hands, and everyone
Charles Cowling
      “Kill me, you fucking fool!”   Kingsley Amis, as he lay dying, to his son Philip.           
Charles Cowling
  “When I die I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did, in his sleep… not screaming, like the passengers in his car.”   Text of a Christmas card that’s just arrived at GFG HQ
Charles Cowling
“We should never think of the funeral as a business.” Buddhist priest, Japan.
Charles Cowling
  When we walked into the funeral home, there was my mother laid out in a pretty blue dress with townspeople milling around, smiling, greeting me, speaking of old times. Happy talk. My wife, ashen, asked, “Why is she wearing glasses?”  Michael Pulley Source
Charles Cowling
  “Someone will wash the body. Someone will dress the body. Someone will close the eyes for the final time. Someone will. At the critical moment of death, someone will perform these tasks for the person whom we have loved and cared for all our lives. Why would we give