One night 21 years ago, while sleeping in his bed, my brother suddenly died. He was 33 years old and left behind his wife and 3 young sons. His death was totally unexpected, a coroner’s case.
It was early spring, and the daphne was out at the front door wafting its greetings when we arrived from an early flight. My brother was upstairs in bed in his pajamas. He was still there in the afternoon when the police arrived to take him away. We stepped aside, and they went into his bedroom. They put him into a large, dark bag, zipped the bag closed, and carried him down the stairs, out the front door, and away. Several days later, his body was returned to us in a shiny, wooden, silk-lined coffin, wearing his suit. He did not look at all comfortable. He was waxen and stiff, with his chin pulled in and serious. The autopsy had been unenlightening.
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