A husband has spoken of how he kept his wife’s dead body in their bedroom for six days. Russell Davison says he wanted to be in control of what happened next when wife Wendy died of cervical cancer at 50. So he kept her in their Derby bedroom for nearly a week – even sleeping in the same room – before taking her body to the crematorium.
Now Russell wants to convince the public that staying close to a loved one’s dead body is nothing to be afraid of, the Derby Telegraph reports.
Wendy was diagnosed with cervical cancer not long after their joint 40th birthday party at Susumi in November 2006.
“From the get-go she got straight into the driving seat and took control of her own health,” Mr Davison said.
“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. “We have no doubt that by refusing chemotherapy and radiotherapy and truly embracing natural health we have extended Wendy’s life by a very long time.
About three years ago, Wendy was given six months to live.
It was then that the couple decided they needed to start living in ‘The Now’ and make the very most of every moment we had left together. They bought a caravan and went travelling all round Europe.
“Wendy died very peacefully, fully sedated, in no pain in mine and Dylan’s arms with our ever faithful dog Elvis smuggled up right next to her too. “After a while we gently and lovingly washed Wendy’s body, dressed her and placed her in her cocoon – a word we prefer to use instead of coffin – and it was very special.
“She looked absolutely beautiful, just like she always did in life: no effort, no makeup, just radiant beauty. “It was at that point my heart started to break. I cannot believe how much I sobbed – it seemed to last for ten hours. I could not eat or even talk very much.
“I was amazed at how much came out, we had all been crying a lot over the last few weeks but this was next level. “Death seems to be such a taboo subject in our society, no one seems to want to talk about it. Wendy and I were not like that, we talked about it a lot.”
For a long time, Mr Davison said he had been determined to have Wendy at home when she died.
“I did not want her in the mortuary or handed over to a funeral director,” he said.
“I wanted us to take care of her ourselves at our family home, and have her in our bedroom so I could sleep in the same room.
“My nephews came to visit. They were both a little nervous, never having seen a dead body before, but after while of being with us all in the room with Wendy they said how peaceful, comforting and reassuring the experience was.