Death is inevitable.
No matter how much we try to out run it, it’ll always catch us up.
While it may be an topic many of us hate to think about, it’s one that we’re still fascinated with!
I know I hate to imagine my own death, but most of use are fascinated with it and want to learn as much as we can about this unknown experience.
But have you ever wondered what happens after someone’s died in their home?
How do people deal with the aftermath of death?
Well, believe it or not, but there are actually professional cleaners who are paid to clean up gruesome crime scenes.
George Mensah is a crime scene cleaner, who has to deal with gruesome scenes on a daily basis.
Usually family members and landlords are often left to clean up after a body has been removed from a property, but what if you don’t have the stomach to do it yourself?
I know I wouldn’t!
Well, you can call a professional, who will come and restore some order and dignity to the whole process.
George runs Merseyside House Clearance, and he has dealt with decaying bodies, swarms of flies, and even dismembered fingers in his line of work.
But he just takes it all in his stride, saying his job is “recession proof”.
He said in a recent interview:
“We do what needs to be done. You can be called to suicides or car crashes and they can be especially difficult.
“What has just happened was a tragedy and often the family want to come and lay flowers or see the site where their loved one died.
“When the police are finished, there is often still a lot of blood and staining. It can’t just be washed down the drain – it has to be dealt with properly, especially with the risk of blood borne diseases.
“So that is when we go to work. It can be particularly difficult. I’ve found bits of human skull or a finger and had to stop and tell the police.”
But sometimes blood and body parts can be the least of his team’s worries.
Dealing with a decaying body is always an unpleasant thing to work with.
George, who is 53 year old said:
“As soon as someone dies they start to decay, and it can be sped up or slowed down by the environment. If it is cold it goes slower, but a lot times people, especially older people, die with the heating on and it just accelerates the process.
“After a few days a body becomes mostly liquid – and muscles and skin start to break down.
“In the worst situations, if they have been there four or five days and the heat is on, it can make a gruesome mess.
“The liquid from a body can go through mattresses, carpets, floorboards – sometimes that is how people find out that the person in the flat above them has died.”
George revealled some of the freaky waves neighbours have discovered dead bodies.
Usually they notice post or milk piling up, or “wave upon wave” of flies crowding on the windows.
” When we turn up at a house we’re always respectful – we’ll talk to the police or the family and try and find out what needs to be done.
“We get to the scene we’re wearing respirators, full body suits and goggles. But sometimes the smell is still over powering so you go in with Vicks Vaporub up your nose to deal with it.”
Thankfully, the team doesn’t always deal with gruesome situations. The most memorable one was having to dismantle a sex dungeon.
“Once we got a call from this family asking us to come and handle this job for them. They would stood outside this really grand house but they wouldn’t go in. They just handed us the keys and said ‘it’s in the basement’.
“It was a full sex dungeon, with chains and crosses on the wall and porn everywhere.
“They asked us to handle it discretely, so we chopped all the equipment to bits and threw them in an incinerator. No questions asked.
“We also do a lot of hoarders, especially older people who ended up in hospital and can’t go home until their house is clean and hygenic.
“Obviously we do our best not to throw stuff away, just to deep clean everything. But the state of some of these places – toilets overflowing with faeces and photos stuck together with rotten organic matter. So sometimes you need to bin it.
“But to be honest not enough is done to help these people when the council or whoever first find out and it gets worse and worse. Often we can get through to them in a way that people can’t.
“We’re not psychiatrists – I just say ‘when was the last time you had a couple of mates round to watch the match or a lady friend over?
“When you go thorough somebody’s things – dead or alive – you get to know them.
“I know more about some people’s Granddad than they do.
“I can tell you what they smoked, drank, what they read and what kind of women they fancied. Sometimes you find out stuff that you wouldn’t want to tell the family, so I don’t.
“Better to leave them with their memories.”
Would you be able to do George’s job? I don’t think I could!
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