I'm listening to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music, she's doing a tribute in memory of David Bowie who just died. The listeners are sending in the most heartfelt, emotional and loving declarations of how he touched their lives. The fine silver threads that link us all – death, in fact, is a beautiful catalyst bringing us all together.
That is why I think we should talk about death as it is beautiful - it brings out pure unadulterated emotion and the best in human connection. Death is the only certainty in our lives – everything else is steeped in the unknown. So why do so many of us try to ignore it? By accepting that death exists, and that our day will come, we can be free from the worry of it and live life more fully.
Death grounds us - making us think about what we've had, and loss gives us a refreshing new perspective, influencing our futures and encouraging us to try to make the most of what we still have.
Like many people around the world today, I'll be listening to the Bowie back catalogue for most of today as my own personal tribute. I remember my girl singing Star Man after I introduced her to Bowie's music and every time we heard it after that, we'd sing it together, relishing a moment in parenthood when you feel you've really connected with your child, and your child in return takes what you've taught them on into their life.
So yes, death is sad and tragic, but it momentarily rids us of all the trivial stuff that we burden our minds and daily lives with and wakes us up to the point of life.
In the words of the great man himself 'I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring'...