I Just Got Back From a Funeral

New Mexico Deaths by Age

Deaths/Mortality in the US in 2004

  • Number of deaths: 2,398,343
  • Death rate: 816.7 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 77.9 years

Number of deaths for leading causes of death

  • Heart disease: 654,092
  • Cancer: 550,270
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,147
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 123,884
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 108,694
  • Diabetes: 72,815
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 65,829
  • Influenza/Pneumonia: 61,472
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 42,762
  • Septicemia: 33,464

I currently fall in the 45-54 group, myself, but of course my family, friends, and acquaintances occupy all the different slots of the above chart.

And of course, none of them are really reducible to mere numbers.

I own a black suit. I probably shouldn’t get rid of it anytime soon.