KINGS COUNTY, N.S.—For some of us, the book of life will close abruptly. A sudden pop or crunch or snap, and we’ll be gone. Perhaps some body part or system will betray us, utterly and fatally, in an otherwise banal moment of the day or night. Or perhaps some force of nature or violent strike will pluck us out of existence. There’s no telling. Either way, the outcome will be immediate and uncontrolled. We’ll be dead, and we won’t have planned for it. With any luck, our affairs will be in order and our relationships in good array. And that will be that.
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