‘Many seemed to be living more fully as a result of their brushes with death.’
I suspect that now, in the time of Covid, more people than ever are contemplating death. But are we able to live more fully? I live alone, so the importance of people in my life has become ever more obvious: whole people, with bodies we can hug. When those living alone were told we could form ‘bubbles’, and I got to hug a daughter, I realised that I had not touched another human-being for months – and, as if for the first time, how important physical human contact is. Mental health problems have rocketed during the pandemic, which doubtless relate to this lack of human contact.
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