Is there ever a 'good' time to die?
Ann Shellard died at the age of 94 ‘with an intellect so clear’ to within three hours of her death, and with ‘nearly 200 to mourn her loss’. This sounds like a way to die that many would like for themselves.
However when someone dies ‘before their time’ the death can feel unsettling. When a death occurs unexpectedly we can struggle to come to terms with our own thoughts of guilt or actions left undone.
But how long should we live? ‘Threescore years and ten’, or 70 years, as the Christian Bible says? When our life is ‘complete’? Or when, as Muslims believe, Allah’s appointed time for us has come?