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A grieving husband who slept next to his wife's dead body in their
bedroom for six days says he couldn't bear to see her taken off to a
mortuary in a body bag.

Leasing agent Russell Davison's wife Wendy died at their home in
Derby, England, after a 10-year battle with cervical cancer.
He said he was determined to keep her at home with their four children
and not hand her over to a funeral director.
The dad now wants to reassure others that staying close to a loved
one's dead body is nothing to be scared of.

Russell said he washed and dressed Wendy's body and placed it in a
coffin – which he called a "cocoon" – in the couple's bedroom.
And Russell insists it should be "the way we treat our dead,"– there
is not, I can assure you."

Wendy, 50, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2006 – just after the
couple's joint 40th birthday – and was told three years ago she had
six months to live.
But she shunned chemotherapy and radiotherapy and embraced "natural
health," Russell said.

The couple bought a caravan and traveled around Europe, but in
September last year returned to Britain as Wendy's pain became

But she was determined to die at home and was nursed by Russell and
the boys until her death on April 21.
Russell, also 50, said: "For a long time I have been determined to
have Wendy at home when she died.
"I did not want her in the mortuary or handed over to a funeral
director, I wanted us to take care of her ourselves at our family
home, and have her in our bedroom so I could sleep in the same room."
He said keeping Wendy at home was like "an emotional decompression
chamber," which helped the family come to terms with her death while
she was still there.

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