- A grieving husband has kept corpse of her wife at home for four days so that his two heartbroken daughters can have enough time to mourn their mom
- The beloved 46 year old mother reportedly died suddenly, leaving behind her family in shock and unbearable pain. She lost battle with breast cancer
- The bereaved family was trying to cope with stress of losing their loved one. How close friends reacted to the news of body being kept home
Normally, when a person dies, the best place to store the dead body is in the morgue. But that was not the case when Mrs Sam Aulton suddenly passed away, leaving her family in shock.
The 46-year-old mother of two daughters, Maggie, 12, and Ruby, 9, reportedly died from breast cancer. The family then decided to bring her body back home, where it stayed for four days.
According to her husband, Mr Brent Fairns, the children were left in serious shock, and that is why he chose to bring the body of her diseased wife home in East Maitland, NSW, so that their daughters could have sufficient time to mourn their mom.
"It allowed us to get her out of the hospital gown, put her in her favourite clothes, and the kids plaited her hair and did her nails. It was a beautiful process. We had enough time to grieve together as a family," Mr Fairns told local news channel.
The passing of his wife and mother of his children, Mr Fairns says, was so sudden. The girls were simply not ready to just walk away and leave their mom's lifeless body lying in the hospital.That was not going to happen.
"Bringing her home helped the kids because when their mom passed away they only managed to spend an hour with her at the hospital. It was all so short and sharp," says Mt Fairns, adding that the mind can play tricks on you, so it really helped to bring home the reality that she was gone.
The widower reveals that he initially had no idea that he could actually bring his wife's body home until he spoke to funeral celebrant Lola Rus-Hartland.
"In this culture, people tend to hide away from death a little bit. Nobody in the public health system informs you about what choices you have," says Mr Fairns. "This is a gap that I wanted to close. I want to help bring some awareness to people out there about the fact that this is possible."
The family's decision to bring dead body home, however, shocked friends.
Mrs Aulton's close friends and band member Sally Wilson allegedly found the decision a bit disturbing, but quickly realised how freeing it was for everyone involved.
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"I was shocked at first, but later on I found it just beautiful. It gave us the opportunity to really say goodbye properly," says Wilson, adding that it is not so often you see families kiss their loved one goodbye in such a manner.
In New South Wales, where the family lives, body of a diseased family member can be taken care of at home for up to five days. However, the body must be refrigerated for parts of the home-stay to keep it fresh.
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