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The funeral was beautiful; a bright, sunny day at Skipton crematorium; a coffin woven from Somerset willow covered in spring flowers and a cheery lunch afterwards overlooking Ilkley Moor.
The 52-year-old woman, whose name is not being released to protect the identity of the victim, appeared distraught and wept during her arraignment Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.I know it will sound silly – what does it matter once someone is dead?– but in the immediate aftermath of the death of someone you have been nursing, it sounds barbaric.Instead, he explained that despite the thick file of medical notes, her age, and the fact that she had been seen several times a day by NHS professionals, he was required to refer the death to the coroner, who would then determine the cause of death. The undertaker, we learnt, is only temporary; you can later switch if you like – and we did, a couple of days later – to one of your choice, who will also look after the body in their own chapel of rest.
As for the coroner, what really bothered us was the prospect of a post mortem.The emotional adjustment from person to corpse is not made so efficiently. Perhaps, somewhere in between those two things, we forget to plan to look after the death itself.