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Sunday, 17 February 2019 Dereel Images for 17 February 2019
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Coroner and funeral arrangements
Topic: general, language, opinion Link here

Rather to my surprise, got a call from Tracy at the Coroners Court of Victoria today, a Sunday. She didn't ask for any form of identification, but had some important information:

  1. I am the “senior next of kin” and thus the prime point of contact from them. Was that because I'm senior? Yes. So Bev is junior? No, she's senior too. Clearly another case of redefinition of existing terms.
  2. In this capacity, she asked for and received my authority to hand the body to Brendan (really to a funeral director in Bendigo).
  3. Contact details are by phone at any time at 1300 309 519, case 847-19. They don't do email, but in due course I'll get written documents.
  4. They asked for permission to perform an autopsy if they should find it advisable. I said that I had not objection, and I assume that's Bev's attitude too. We will, however, have another say before they actually perform the autopsy.
  5. The background for the involvement of the Coroner was that the GP was unwilling to issue a death certificate. I wonder why not. Did he suspect something? To be observed.
  6. Her body will be released after “5 to 7 working days”. Though they clearly work on Sundays, I assume she means Mondays to Fridays in this count. That would mean between 25 and 27 February, which would fit in with Bev's wishes (she's travelling in Italy this week). I told her that the more warning we get, the better, but they say they can hold on to her until necessary.
  7. She asked me about any known illnesses. I have barely seen her in the last 25 years, so clearly I don't know of any real problems. I suggested that they contact Brendan about that.
  8. Brendan has been named as executor of her will.

Another question we're going to have to address: who is going to pay for the funeral? Various discussions suggest that her estate may not be released for quite some time.

Another wildflower
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While walking the dogs, saw this relatively forgettable flower:

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The only interesting thing is that it is a bush, while most flowers round here are very small and grow directly on a stalk. The flower looks like a Goodenia, but the leaves of the bush look more like a Hibiscus.

Leonid's progress
Topic: animals Link here

Leonid is much better after his medication, and ate a lot of food this morning. He's also much livelier. The most surprising thing, though, is that he is no longer afraid of going outside. Certainly it wasn't magpies: we went straight past some returning from the walk, and he didn't pay any attention to them.

So somehow his throat pain made him not want to stay outside. Why?

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My mother: cause of death
Topic: health, general Link here

Another call from the Coroners Court of Victoria today, this time Sharee, with the results of the investigations of my mother's body. Nothing unusual: she suffered from coronary heart disease, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Nothing unusual there in a 94-year-old, except the question as to whether she had been undergoing treatment. No specific cause of death, though a heart attack seems the most likely, but also nothing suspicious, so she can return to Bendigo as soon as Brendan has found a funeral company.

And when will the funeral be? Bev can't make it here until the beginning of next month, so it looks like it'll be nearly 2 weeks yet.

More BigPond pain?
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Both Brendan and Robert Herbert have email accounts with BigPond. That's a real pain: I've had great trouble communicating with BigPond subscribers, and it seems not to have improved. The issue is their anti-spam measures, which seem to exclude security (digital signatures trigger their mechanism, which appears to simply move the message to /dev/null). I turned off all security today, but that doesn't seem to have been enough. What a pain these people are!

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