The Stunning Ordinariness of Death

I went to a funeral, and I couldn’t stop focusing on the mundane

Adeline Dimond
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readFeb 28
People at the Fulton Street Subway Station in New York
Photo by Martin Adams on Unsplash

My cousin Sam died on Thursday. On Sunday I flew to Virginia to attend his funeral, because Jews waste no time getting people into the ground. Someone asked me why we do it that way, and I had no idea.