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More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it

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People between 16 and 24 are said to be the loneliest age group.
  • T.L. Andrews
By T.L. Andrews

Freelance journalist

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In the middle of the day recently, I received a text message informing me that a good friend had been diagnosed with stage-four cancer at 33 years old.

She and I went to university together. We lived together. We spent a lot of nights singing songs and languishing at friends’ dinner parties together.

It was the first time anyone this close to me, this young, had used “the c word” in reference to themselves.

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