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By Dr H0ffm4n (Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 09:28:27 AM EST) (all tags)
Even months on end buried in grief
Our easy lifetimes which have to end
With the coming of your dead friend

Of deaths and endings. This Friday is the sixth anniversary of my meeting WPKAW. Just over two weeks later is the first anniversary of her death. WPKAW's inquest hearing was on Monday morning.

WPKAW's inquest hearing was on Monday morning. I didn't expect to be but I was called to give evidence. Also giving evidence were the police, the lorry driver and a cyclist who followed WPKAW down the hill and saw everything.

I'd told WPKAW's parents most of the details very early on, as I knew them but it is clear now that none had sunk in. They've been waiting for the hearing for nearly a year. They've pinned their hopes on it as an event to bring closure. They've simply been so detached that WPKAW's death hasn't been real to them until this week. And now it is real.

The verdict was the death was accidental and the major contributing factor was the appalling condition of the repair of the road. The coroner unusually entered as part of the summation, with strong words, the shame that someone had to die before the road was mended and made safe after over a year of complaints.

WPKAW's cousin died on Friday. WPKAW's cousin was a respected journalist and author. His mother (WPKAW's aunt) only found out he had throat cancer after his death. I offered her any help I could be. She is 84 and infirm so running errands for her would be a good use of my time.

WPKAW's cousin had bequeathed his body to medical science. There is some urgency to get the death registered. So on Monday afternoon, after WPKAW's inquest, I grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to collect the doctor's death certificate and head over to Chelsea Registry Office to register WPKAW's cousin's death so that the hospital can release the body. But there are complications.

First off, I am not related to the deceased and I was not present at the death. So the capacity for which I am eligible to act as informant and register the death is suspect. The registrar suggests that the best option is to deem me to be "taking charge of the body".

Secondly, the deceased is known by more than one name, having been an actor in his youth and an author with the same name as his father, a world famous Irish poet.

Thirdly, the coroners have registered an interest in the death as it was sudden and unexpected at the time (although the throat cancer was known to be terminal).

So after sorting these issues, the death certificates are issued. I take ten copies at £3.50 each as I know from experience of dealing with WPKAW's estate that you can never have enough. Rxx collected me and took me to WPKAW's grateful aunt.

The third death. On the doorstep of WPKAW's aunt, while dropping off the death certificates, I get a call from WPKAW's mother. She's staying with her best friend. Her best friend's son-in-law was found dead by his 5 1/2 year old daughter on Sunday.

An end In other, rather trivial news by comparison, my contract at large petrochemical company came to an end on Friday. I am now without work although I've been approached with two semi-offers already. Frankly, I need June to sort through all of the stuff that I have been putting off for the last year.

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God by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 11:37:41 AM EST
What a shitty day.

Is anyone going to be held to account for the state of that road?

It's political correctness gone mad!

No by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 2) #2 Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 11:55:51 AM EST
Unless we launch a civil action against TFL and the family aren't keen on the media spotlight such a thing might cause.

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