Contrary to what many people might think, Russell Davison's decision to keep vigil over his deceased wife's corpse isn't that strange.
In a Facebook post, Davison explains the reasoning behind why he chose to keep his deceased wife's body in his bedroom for six days.
Last month, Wendy Davison, succumbed to her 10-year battle with cervical cancer. She passed away in peace at home surrounded by family and their dog, Elvis.
Davison's decision not to send her body to a mortuary was founded in their shared spiritual beliefs. He explains that it was those beliefs that have guided them throughout the years.
He explains that they made the unusual decision to share their story because he hopes to change the traditionally-held beliefs about dying.
"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, have her in our bedroom so I could sleep in the same room."
He told the BBC, "Death seems to be such a taboo subject in our society, no one seems to want to talk about it."
The couple decided on taking a natural approach to his wife's cancer diagnosis in 2006. Doctors gave her about 6 months to live in 2014, yet she survived far longer than anyone's expectations. Davison credits their natural approach with extending his wife's life.
After her passing, Davison lovingly washed Wendy's body, dressed her and wrapped her. The decision was made to care for her at home and remain with her body until it came time for her to be cremated.
In Britain, families can choose to keep a body at home until a funeral, as long as the death is reported and registered. The Davison's followed the law to the letter: their doctor reported her death and it was registered.
Nowadays, the wake is typically held at a funeral parlor; however, historically, it was held in the family home until burial.