Following my brother’s recent, unexpected death, I wrote a short obituary of him for the Guardian as a way of documenting his life. The odd thing was that it got longer as they asked me to fill in the gaps in my account. As follows.
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Thank you for sharing the obituary you wrote of your brother. What an interesting man, and accomplished life. You and your family will miss him very much. I have written this as a personal email response to you, it need not be on your blog – just to send you thoughts from New York where I am this morning, and empathy. I have four surviving brothers, the eldest having died when I was ten, and it is never far from mind that I am yet likely to experience one or more of their deaths during my lifetime.
With kind regards