Similarly, when the oncologist told me I was going to die and, at best, they could maybe delay it for awhile, I became very aware of death. Read a book, and the story's about death. Watch TV, death. See a movie, death. Everywhere I go, I find stories of death and dying.
And while I can't say I've read every book or seen every movie, I do believe I've discovered the definitive text on death. According to Wikipedia, it has roots in the Babylonian Talmud, but the story seems most frequently sourced to a "retelling" from W. Somerset Maugham (of which there seem to be multiple versions):