Paperwork Waits for No Man

McLelland & Slessor Funeral Home, Service Canada and Service Ontario made it all seem so easy.

The world of paper waits for no man (or woman.) Papers must be signed. Ohip cards and licenses cancelled, pensions reorganized, OAS notified and Canada Pension plans thought through.

Today I cancelled my Honey’s life.

I did it alone, not because I am some sort of spiritual warrior but because I wanted to. It seemed to me that those things were personal and private, and deserved a wifely touch.

I warn you, it does make the pain more intense. Until I did all this paper work, part of me could pretend it wasn’t so.

On paper, my Ron is in the past tense. He used to be a fellow who needed health insurance, a driving license, a passport and a social insurance number.

In my heart he still lives very much in the present.

Brenda J Wood