Dying Isn’t the End of the World

“‘Dying isn’t the end of the world,’ my mom liked to joke, after she was diagnosed as terminal. I didn’t really understand it until, suddenly, I did—when my breast cancer became metastatic and incurable. There are so many things that are worse than death: old grudges; a loveless life; insufficient self-awareness; severe constipation; a lack of curiosity; no sense of humor; this grim parking lot.”

—Riggs, Nina. “The Crematorium.”  Catapult. August 8, 2016

Nina Riggs died last month.

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