Frederic Raphael, writing in Tuesday's London Evening Standard (not on-line, I believe), describes his grief at the loss of his daughter, the artist Sarah Raphael:

"I used to take priggish comfort from the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's remark, 'Death is not an event of life, it is not lived through.' After Sarah died, we discovered that her death is an event of our lives, and always will be. Wittgenstein was a childless and self-obsessed man who, it seems, thought that the only death that could kill you was your own."

(Along with Clive James and William Boyd, FR contributes an appreciation to a newly- published collection of Sarah Raphael's drawings.)

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