The Virus That Shall Not Be Named

There’s not an awful lot to say for the weekly update this time around. A lot happened but nothing I would particularly wish to write about. I had some really heartwarming times this week and feel like I’m finally getting to grips with chilling out after work has finished. Mastering doing nothing is really hard for me, and I still have to finish my to do list before my brain will allow me to do it. On Monday I went to see Amusical who put on a live Once More With Feeling from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. On Thursday I had more training with the nursing staff which went really well. I also managed to binge watch a lot of The Marvellous Mrs Maisel which was recommended by my friend and I couldn’t stop watching. In other news, the mortuary team are currently obsessed with Iceland’s Eurovision entry and can be found humming it all day long. If you haven’t heard it yet, find it here. Be warned that you may not be able to stop singing it afterwards. ‘Baby…’

Daði & Gagnamagnið – “Think About Things

I’ve been asked a few times, quite often by the public, how we are going to deal with the Coronavirus. I have no advice for Covid -19, other than wash your hands like you should have been doing this whole time and (unless I’m totally missing something) there really is no need to panic buy toilet roll other than the fact there is now a shortage because people are panic buying. The mortuary has been issued with guidance in regards to what we need to do, and it’s no secret that mortuaries country wide are struggling with capacity every year so of course this is a concern too. It’s a concern that is being well thought out and should not worry anyone. I will once again recommend the This Podcast Will Kill You episode however if you wish to know a bit more about it. Oh, in other news I also appear on my good friend Adam’s podcast this week and the link can be found here.

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Next week is a Death Cafe double bill which will still be going ahead! Monday I will be at Queen’s Hospital in Romford at 4.30pm for an hour in the restaurant area. On Tuesday the monthly Upminster Death Cafe will be at The Sweet Rose Cakery at 7pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either of these events and I’m hoping for some great discussions. Plus, I don’t need to but I will once again mentione the incredible Vegeterian Stacker at The Sweet Rose Cakery because it’s an excellent reason to attend alongside the cheery death chats.

Death Cafe Double Header Week!

I’ve received some very interesting responses to my last post about the use of the term ‘body’. I’ve not necessarily changed my mind but it’s made me think even more about the rights of the deceased and the language we use around them. A lot of other APTs got in touch to say what other words they don’t like to use much and what they prefer, it felt like something I’ll now certainly be looking into further. I think that the language around death is very important but something we all take for granted, until the time we notice. I’ve seen in a few places the impact of language or terminology on those grieving which is something I also find really interesting. I’d love for you to get in touch if you have any further thoughts about this or would like to contribute to the discussion.

Today I’m going to work a little bit more on my Epidemiology course with Open Learn and try to keep this calm happiness I seem to have managed to acquire which baffles me considering with what is going on in the world right now. Have a great Sunday.

MG x

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