Long-term Defiance

It would seem that although there was no need for me to access any medical assistance while I have been unwell with Coronavirus, there has been a kind of long-term effect upon me which I did not expect. 'Long-term covid' is a phrase that is thrown about by people, a strange and mysterious term which... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus, Cats & Christmas

I have come to the end of my ten days isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, which should feel like a cause for celebration. It does, however, coincide with this part of the country entering Tier 4 and being told that we cannot mix households for Christmas. The entirety of this is giving me huge... Continue Reading →

Fighting Mortuary Malaise

It has been a strange week, mostly in the fact that it has not been very strange at all which can only raise suspicions in 2020. After discussing with most of my colleagues, we confirmed that there is a general feeling of weariness among us all but it is alongside this general feeling of unease... Continue Reading →

Ilford Pet Cemetery

The PDSA Ilford Pet Cemetery is fairly easy to find, if you know where you are looking. A quick Google maps search told me that the postcode given was going to take me to a dead end road which was close but not actually near the cemetery. Hence, I found the exact location and headed... Continue Reading →

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 →

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