When I’m Gone

Dear son, If you’re reading this, I’m dead. I’m sorry.

Rafael Zoehler
Human Parts
Published in
9 min readJul 29, 2015


Illustration: Jane Corwell/Flickr

DDeath is always a surprise. No one expects it. Not even terminal patients think they are going to die in a day or two. In a week, maybe. But only when this particular week is the next week.

We are never ready. It is never the right time. By the time it comes, you will not have done all…