Loss can be so hard to deal with
Letting go of a loved one can be extremely hard. When someone close to you passes away, you instantly start the grieving process, later disposing of the body and any of their belongings. In a rapid ritual, it is customary to host a funeral and then say final goodbyes.
However, this is a practice that Russell Davison decided not to follow when his wife Wendy Davison was diagnosed with terminal cancer. When Wendy passed away last April, Russell knew that their decision to let life come… and then go, was the right one for his family. In what might seem a bit odd to the outside world, this supportive husband even made the bold decision to keep his wife with him a little longer, even in death.
Taking Back Control of Life
Attributing his actions to wanting to remain in control of the death of his 50-year-old wife, Russell Davison reveals that he kept her body in their bedroom for nearly a week before finally transporting her to the crematorium.
Wendy was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2006. Three years ago, the wife and mother received her fatal prognosis and was told she had only three months to live. It was at this time that the couple resolved to do the very best they could to keep her alive for as long as possible on their own terms, abstaining from treatment.
Living for Now
It was then that Russell and Wendy decided to start living in “the now”of their lives and began caravanning through Europe to make the most of the little time that Wendy had left. Their travels ended abruptly last September when they had to return home due to Wendy’s immense pain and deteriorating condition.
The cancer caused Wendy to be in and out of the hospital a few times, but she insisted that she spend her final moments in this life surrounded by family and friends in the comfort of her own home.
Even with Wendy reaching her end, Russell claims his wife never complained and even remained cognizant enough to let him know she loved him and that she was no longer in any pain.
Davison says, “That meant the world to me at that moment. Wendy died very peacefully, fully sedated, in no pain in mine and Dylan’s arms with our ever faithful dog Elvis smuggled up right next to her too.”