Kind of a macabre title for a post doncha think?
Can you imagine, years after saying goodbye to a loved one, you are going about your daily routine, trying desperately hard to remain strong, to fight back the tears... because even after years of apparent healing one still grieves... despite what the DSM tells us all about grief.
In modern day society death is treated with disdain, grief is somebody else's problem as positions of power continue to make mockery of those poor souls that have passed, be they someone's elderly partner or someone's child who, through no fault of their own, fell victim to pharmaceutical madness and greed in life...and a total lack of respect from the Ontario coroner in death.
On Wednesday June 13, the Global Toronto ran with the story that the Ontario coroner had asked families what best to do with 4,000 stored autopsy organs.
Those bereaved didn't even know that the Ontario coroner had stolen/borrowed their loved ones body parts. In my language one first seeks permission when they wish to borrow something of mine... they don't just take.
It appears that the excuse coming out of Ontario is that this was done to spare relatives added grief. What utter codswallop!
Two Ontario deaths spring to mind here, that of Sara Carlin and Brennan McCartney, two teens who both suicided, two teens, both in their prime of life, who were prescribed antidepressants, Sara, Paxil, Brennan, Lexapro.
It's bad enough having to endure burying your own child but to hear news that all of your child's body parts may not have been intact because some horse's ass down at the coroners office decided to play God is tantamount to an index finger being paraded in front of the bereaved.
I'm totally shocked by this abhorrent behaviour, this total lack of respect. What an appalling way to treat human life...even in death.
Dr. Michael Pollanen, the province's chief forensic pathologist, has openly apologised and, quite unbelievably, added, "Based on today's standards, we could have communicated more openly with families in the past."
Does this mean that retaining body parts without the permission of families has been going on for some time in Ontario?
I thought the whole Coroner's Office in Ontario was beyond a joke after the way they dealt with Sara Carlin's inquest. This news leaves me shaking my head in disbelief and wondering who on earth the head honcho in Ontario thinks he is!
Heads should roll for this... metaphorically speaking of course.
Grieving relatives have now been urged to contact the coroner's office to find out whether an organ belonging to a deceased loved one may have been retained. The coroners office have offered to pay for costs and funeral/cremation expenses.
Parents should not have to bury their children, alas it is part of life that some have to.
No parent should ever have to ask a coroner for remains of their child... years after their death.