Being dead is one--the worst, the last--but only one in a series of calamities that afflicts our own and several other species. The list may include, but is not limited to, gingivitis, bowel obstruction, contested divorce, tax audit, spiritual vexation, cash flow problems, political upheaval, and on and on and on some more. There is no shortage of misery.
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Source Notes: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade ("The Undertaking") (1997). Lynch here explains the undertaker's relation to death, arguing that undertakers have no more stomach for death or other miseries than anyone else does.
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