‘The Funny Thing About Death’ — Scottish Sun Newspaper
THERE is no guidebook to dealing with cancer.
These past couple of weeks, though, I’ve read and re-read maybe the closest thing to it yet.
It’s called The Funny Thing About Death, it’s written by comedian Jo Caulfield and it’s about losing her sister Annie to this ratbag of a disease.
Annie was a writer, an adventurer and when it came to her demise she was very much a planner.
She did the running order for her own funeral – “if this bit runs over, cut that
bit and left the most beautiful quote to be read out on the day:
“If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry; nature will tell you what to do on the spot, finely and adequately.
Isn’t that perfect? Sad and happy and wise all at once. Just like this book.
Jo’s retelling of her life with and now without
Annie is full of frustration and confusion and anger and wonder, all these emotions tied together with a ribbon of humour, sometimes dark as night, other times laugh-out-loud, always on the mark.
Too many of us have been on the journey these two sisters shared, too many more will embark on it. My guess is that every one of us would read The Funny Thing About Death and nod at so many moments that echo what we’ve gone through or are going through.
And hopefully we’d also nod our appreciation at the fact that every penny from Jo’s book will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity she has raised more than £50,000 for since Annie’s demise. Please get a copy and add a little more to the fund. Bill Leckie (25th July, 2023)