There seems to be a myth in our day that death, if it does not come through disaster or some catastrophic event, will come slowly. Yet illness, too, can advance rapidly, even in our day. Through ministry, I have been at the deathbeds of at least a hundred people. One man was dead six weeks after anyone first suspected that there was anything wrong, another two weeks, another one week -- and all of them relatively young. OBSERVATION: Having said this, a "natural death" is now very, very much slower on average than it was a hundred years ago. I read one estimate: eight months rather than three days. Whether that is a good thing overall, I'm not sure.