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Dark Entry #10

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My van chugged up steep mountain roads, the transmission audibly struggling with the incline. My navigation told me to turn onto one unmarked gravel trail after another. Without Google Maps, I would be lost in the middle of the wilderness. The dense tree cover made the sky appear dark, even though it was a bright sunny morning. I glanced at my phone. Seven more minutes until I reached the residenc... » Continue Reading

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Dark Entry #9

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WARNING: MENTION OF SUICIDE          I backed into the crowded apartment complex. The sheriff and medical examiner had taken up most of the available parking, leaving little room for my van. And we were still waiting for Ben to arrive. Hopefully the other residents would be understanding about the temporary lack of parking. I sat in my van and started paperwork. In situations like these, where dis... » Continue Reading

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Dark Entry #8

Category: Jobs, Work, Careers

Jesus Christ. I just got home from work and I’m not feeling very writer-ly so for this post I’m just gonna recant my day the best I can remember. It was clear early on that this day was going to be hell. We had two people call out, and we’re already short-staffed on my shift. So today it was just me, Beth and Christine handling all the calls. The three of us are pretty fucking tough though. We jus... » Continue Reading

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Dark Entry #7

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A maintenance worker passed me in his electric vehicle as he drove down the narrow path from the parking lot into the cemetery. The funeral directors had every one of their landscapers and porters outside tending to the sprawling cemetery grounds. The team was planting flowers, mowing the lawn, and pruning the many trees and shrubs. If there wasn’t a body in the back of my van to unload I would ha... » Continue Reading

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The Beginning

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       I stood alone to the left of the wooden double doors, tapping my block heels against the tile floor. Music filled the air as people gathered in small groups and walked around talking to one another. Checking my hair and makeup in a large ornate mirror, I added some finishing touches to my lipliner. That’ll do, pig, I thought to myself. A large group of unfamiliar people brushed past me and ... » Continue Reading

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Dark Entry #6

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       It all started with a text last Monday. I was at home with my cat when dispatch sent me to the medical examiner’s office of a nearby state to bring a deceased back to our mortuary. My cat is a very old man and has been struggling with liver and kidney issues so anytime I have downtime between calls I always head straight back home to check on him. After saying goodbye to my sweet old man I ... » Continue Reading

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More About The Medical Examiner

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***POSTED FROM MY BULLETIN*** Previous blog posts have touched on this, but a big part of my job revolves around the medical examiner’s offices located in the counties my company operates in. Each county has a medical examiner’s office that performs autopsies to help secure justice for people who may have been victims of violence. They also do other things, such as determine the cause of death whe... » Continue Reading

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Dark Entry #5

Category: Jobs, Work, Careers

Last Thursday was probably the most insane fucking shift I have ever worked in my entire life, hands down. It started slightly stressful, but not too overwhelming with Ben and I being dispatched to a residence close to the office. An elderly woman had passed away at her home, and her daughter and son-in-law were expecting us. We were informed that there could be a language barrier, and were given ... » Continue Reading

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The Things We Carry

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*Posted from my bulletin* Occasionally when I go to do a removal the deceased is holding something. Several people I’ve removed died clutching a rosary. A few elderly people I’ve picked up died clutching a teddy bear, something I haven’t been able to encounter without crying until very recently. Last week I picked up a woman who died holding a small pink flower, a look of total serenity on her fac... » Continue Reading

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Dark Entry #3

Category: Jobs, Work, Careers

3-8-21 Nothing too exciting (to me, anyway) has happened recently so I thought I would share an experience that happened a month or so ago. My coworker Ben and I were dispatched to a newer neighborhood in one of the suburbs of our city. The text from the office said that the deceased was 27 years old, and that we were to call the sheriff’s deputy on the scene to give our ETA. Usually we are given ... » Continue Reading

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