What a weekend!
As the MD of Mears Repatriation I don't generally get to perform the actual hard work that my Operatives carry out on a day-to-day basis.
But, due to Holidays and location of my staff at the weekend I carried out the Repatriation of a Pakistan National within 36 hours of their death this weekend.
The family had managed to register the death within five hours and it was then up to me to get the Coroners permission to remove from the UK.
It took further pressure from our contacts at the Pakistan High Commission to, shall we say ask the Coroner to make the effort, to get the Out of England signed.
Once I had crossed London at 5.00pm to pick up the form I managed to get the local hospital to release the Deceased to my care at 8.00pm.
Straight to the Mosque for ritual washing and prayers. Returning at 12.30 to collect and take the deceased to our mortuary in Sydenham.
Whilst this was going on my staff had booked the flight with Pakistan International Airlines, (PIA), for the following day.
Back home for a few hours sleep and the next day, Saturday, I prepared the coffin and transported to Heathrow.
Although I did get a lot of job satisfaction out of helping the family of the Deceased, I don't think I will be applying for an Operative job any time soon - getting too old for all that!