‘Ah, well, life goes on,’ people say when someone dies.  But from the point of view of the person who has just died, it doesn’t.  It’s the universe that goes on.  Just as the deceased was getting the hang of everything it’s all whisked away, by illness or accident or, in one case, a cucumber.  Why this has to be is one of the imponderables of life, in the face of which people either start to pray…or become really, really angry.

Terry Pratchett, “The Last Hero”
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