Soundings

Life must go on

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.853a (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:853
  1. Liam Farrell

    We Celts are notorious for the exuberance of our emotions, and the Farrell clan is no exception. So you cry at weddings? That don't amount to a hill of beans. We cry at baptisms, birthdays, Christmas, Easter, St Paddy's Day, during sad songs, or just randomly—it's usually quite competitive to see who starts blubbering first. And funerals—we yield to none in our unabashed exhibitions of public grief. Distant relatives who haven't seen us for years stand back in amazement as apparently total strangers rend their hair and wail like demented wolverines. If I've had to forcibly restrain one grieving widow from throwing herself into …

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