Insights on the meaning of death

Jeff Sharlet at The Revealer has a wonderful short essay on the death of the Pope.

Anyone who has ever watched a person slowly die, close-up, knows that it’s a story easily told — "then, he died" — and even more easily misunderstood. Those who make a moral out of another’s death serve the needs of the living; they’d do well to recognize that their storytelling is metaphorical cannibalism.