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Jeremy Clarke finds his entrance hall thronged with undertakers

By Jeremy Clarke   November 1997

Things came to a sudden and unexpected head in our residential home for the elderly last month. In just over four dramatic weeks, three of our ladies died and one went mad and had to go to an “assessment unit.” In a large nursing home, a trio of deaths occurring close so together might not be unusual; but ours is small, only eight ladies when full, most of whom have been with us for so long they feel like part of the family. For a while our entrance hall, with its stuffed birds, its portrait of Napoleon and the tapestry…

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