Impending Sense Of I-Have-No-Idea-What

Edit- this was written yesterday and just to highlight how quickly things change I’ve since thought it best to get a Coronavirus test as myself and my husband have developed mild symptoms. I still wanted to post this as it felt important, but bear in mind we are now isolating and awaiting results. Each week... Continue Reading →

The Paperwork of Death- MCCD

It’s time for a new mini series, and I’ve often thought about explaining a bit around what paperwork is involved in death. On the outside it can look rather complicated and messy, with bits of official paperwork going here, there and everywhere before it is all done and complete. For my first few months at... Continue Reading →

I’m Qualified, It’s Official!

As the UK plummeted, or actually more fittingly we stumbled, into national lockdown number two, the mortuary began to see the normal Winter numbers increase. This is nothing outside of what we experience every year as the temperatures outside fall, and not unexpected for us. Obviously there is still a fear this could return to... Continue Reading →

Who Is That?

Have you ever wondered how we identify the deceased? You might have done, you might assume you already know, but I have a feeling you may be wrong or not quite know the truth. Let me explain what happens with the deceased who can’t simply tell you who they are. You probably have seen toe... Continue Reading →

363 Days to Halloween!

Just joking, kind of, because I did have a wonderful Halloween this year. It seemed that instead of staying home and waiting for the kids to knock for sweets, I could think of better and more pandemic friendly ways of celebrating this year. I’ve actually had the best Halloween I’ve had in years. Spooky season... Continue Reading →

Death Doulas & Soul Midwives

Within my role at the hospital I work quite closely with those who work in palliative or end of life care. For these people, they are there for people at the point where medicine can no longer try to fix them or treat their symptoms to live. Palliative care is there for people who are... Continue Reading →

Not the Q word

I never use the Q word, and if you know me well enough by now you know that I will always prefer to and resort to the C word. Calm, that is. To me the word calm represents a less uneasy feeling about what lies ahead and what the future may hold. Calm is a... Continue Reading →

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