Sunday, February 05, 2023


Last Words

Ronald Blythe, Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village (New York: Pantheon, 1969), p. 222 (Marjorie Jope, retired district nurse, speaking):
People think of me as the person who is present at the beginning of their lives but in most cases I have been present at the end of them too. I used to stay up one night or several nights when they were passing. Some talked of God, but very, very few. Even the people who had been brought up in chapel or church rarely talked of God as they died. It is a fact. What can you make of it? I was with them as they passed. Not much talk of God at the last.

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