The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring

Bazyn, Ken

Continuum, 2002

p. 137

“For centuries philosophers have recommended an exercise to lend more gravity to our lives, that is, contemplating our mortality.  A common epitaph one comes across on old tombstones is memento mori, ‘remember, you must die.’  Death is a lonely road and you travel it but once.  So people postpone writing wills, make excuses for not attending funerals, don’t enter cemeteries after dark [or any other time, either, unless they have to], freeze the corpse of loved ones in suspended animation, and practice a hundred other subterfuges to avoid thinking about the inevitable.”