Wendy Davison is one of the lucky women on the planet to have found a man so devoted to her in life that it even spilled into her death. She died at the age of 50 after a 10-year battle with cervical cancer.
Russell Davison, her husband, was absolutely heartbroken after her death. He did not want her body to go to a mortuary. He wanted to feel as close to her as possible, the way he was always beside her in their final days.
He kept her body in his bedroom for five days “so I could sleep in the same room.” Their tale is either the epitome of romance or it is absolutely disgusting.
When she was first diagnosed at age 40, they decided to take a more ‘natural’ approach to her cancer and refused chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
They traveled across Europe and had “the absolute time of our live,” but their trip was cut short after her pain was too much to handle.
When she was in hospice care, her family was determined that she would not die there, so they brought her home, where her body would remain until the time of her cremation.
“Wendy died very peacefully, fully sedated, in no pain, in mine and Dylan’s arms with our ever faithful dog Elvis snuggled up right next to her too,” Mr Davison said. He said it was a “beautiful and comforting experience” to have family and friends over to see her during that time. Contentious trusts and probate lawyer, Jak Ward, from Derby-based Smith Partnership, said it is not an offence to keep a body at home until the funeral as long as a death is reported and registered.
“Historically people would die at home and the body would be kept until the funeral,” he said. A celebration of Mrs Davison’s life is being held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Sunday.