The makes-you-proud-to-be-British way of death

Charles Cowling

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Alice Pitman, in the Christmas edition of the Oldie magazine, describes her extremely unwell 88 year-old mother rising to the occasion in hospital: 

Eventually a porter came and perfunctorily wheeled her to theatre. [We] followed down an interminably long corridor, the Aged P issuing instructions over her shoulder about what we were to do if she didn’t make it. Her will was in her knicker drawer. She wanted to be buried, not cremated. “I want the worms to eat me!” she exclaimed with reckless candour (a couple waiting for the lift looked horrified). “Don’t waste money on an expensive coffin. One of those cheap wicker ones will do. Oh, and no church service. I’m 99 per cent certain God doesn’t exist. In fact, scrap the funeral altogether. I don’t want one…” “It’s not up to you!” said [my husband], his stiff upper lip betraying a quiver of emotion. 

FOOTNOTE: Though her doctors abandon all hope for her, she survives. 

 

4 thoughts on “The makes-you-proud-to-be-British way of death

  1. Charles Cowling
    Kathryn Edwards

    ‘It’s not up to you’: quite.


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    susan morris

    priceless. It so made me smile ………

    Happy New Year All


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Vale

    A post that makes you long for the return of the ‘like’ button.


    Charles Cowling

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