Why do you think this man would have stayed in a room with his dead wife for 6 days?

May 10, 2017, 8:58 am
Why do you think this man would have stayed in a room with his dead wife for 6 days?
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Why do you think this man would have stayed in a room with his dead wife for 6 days?

Why do you think this man would have stayed in a room with his dead wife for 6 days?

Russell Davison, the grieving husband after the death of his dear wife stayed in a room with her dead body, slept beside it to challenge the stereotypical notions one has about death and the attitude connected towards it.

50 year old Wendy Davison, wife of Russell died in their house in Derby last month after she battled cervical cancer for 10-years.

Confirming the legalities of the incident, BBC reported that Mr Davison had the legal rights to keep his wife's body at their Derbyshire home and he did not want to transfer her body to a mortuary. Coroner's Court further confirmed that his wife Ms Wendy's doctor had pronounced her death.

Death seems to be such a taboo subject in our society, no-one seems to want to talk about it. I did not want her in the mortuary or handed over to a funeral director, I wanted us to take care of her ourselves at our family home, have her in our bedroom so I could sleep in the same room
Russell Davison

When Ms Wendy was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after their 40th birthday party in 2006, they decided to take a "natural" approach to her healthcare and treatment.

"We were not prepared to hand her life over to doctors. We wanted to do our own research and do the very best job we could to keep Wendy alive," he said.

He believes their approach, which included refusing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, extended Ms Wendy's life "by a very long time".

In 2014, Ms Wendy was given six months to live, so the pair went on to travel across Europe. But last September, they were forced to return home when she complained of severe pain. Though she was being treated at Royal Derby Hospital, the couple were hopeful of her not dying at the hospital.

The pair decided that she would be treated at home by her family and that her body would remain in their home until her cremation.

"Wendy died very peacefully, fully sedated, in no pain, in mine and Dylan's arms with our ever faithful dog Elvis snuggled up right next to her too," Mr Russell said.

He described her death to be "beautiful and comforting experience" specially to be surrounded by family and friends.

Contentious trusts and probate lawyer, Jak Ward, from Derby-based Smith Partnership, said it is not an offence to keep a body at home until the funeral as long as a death is reported and registered.

"Historically people would die at home and the body would be kept until the funeral," he said.