The Death of Dignity by Stephen Goodlad

When Dad died unexpectedly but; “with a good innings behind him” they didn’t call it “toilet death” because of where he died, propped against the towel rail and the cistern. The mortician had to break his knees after rigor mortis set in whilst he was seated, to get him out of the bathroom. The coroner said the cause of death was due to a “coronary”. 

When our son died, barely no innings, the coroner made it sound preventable as though we had irresponsibly put him to sleep in the jaws of a dangerous animal saying the cause was “cot death”.

Published in Issue #24

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