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Seeing My Grandfather Die Sparked My Life-long Fixation With Death

1 month ago   |   By Huffington Post

I was only seven or eight when I saw my grandfather die. I didn't have many years to get to know him so I don't remember much about him, just small fragments like his Sid James laugh and how he always used to say “two bob” instead of 10p. However, one thing which is clearly imprinted in my memory is the look on his face when he died. The fatal stroke seemed to come out of nowhere. He was sitting in his favourite chair watching TV, me on the floor beside him, when he suddenly started to convulse. From my vantage point at his slippered feet I looked up and found myself staring into the face...
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