Considerate Mortuary Employee

Pain of Loss

Pain of Loss

A man wearing a lab coat exited a building with a white bag in his hand. He approached a vehicle parked by the rear entrance and handed the bag to men waiting beside. “It was only when he said our surname that I realised that the darker shape at the bottom of the bag was my little daughter,” says Marcin, whose child died shortly after birth in a Łódź hospital. With his wife still in hospital, Marcin, accompanied by a social worker, was on his way to the mortuary in order to identify his daughter’s body. What he saw shocked him deeply, and, while he refused to tell his wife about it, he decided to speak up, anonymously, hoping to spare other parents a similar experience: “I’m not looking to cause a scandal, and I don’t want the publicity. The reason why I tell people what happened is to make the employees of this funeral parlour think about what they’re doing and prevent anyone else from having to go through something like this.” A funeral parlour representative, tasked with investigating what happened, admits that the employee grossly mishandled the situation; however, she is convinced that he meant well: “Perhaps, he wanted to make the job of the people who were there to collect the body easier? Most likely, he wanted to spare the child’s father the pain of identifying the body. He’s a very experienced worker, and there have been no complains about him until now. I’m convinced that his behaviour didn’t result from a lack of respect for the dead girl or her relatives.”
Gazeta Wyborcza


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