Working in a mortuary at Christmas is a balancing act. It’s really important for your sanity that you attempt to stay festive and happy: you put decorations up, maybe even a tree, and eat your weight in mince pies. But at the same time there is a feeling of guilt at enjoying yourself when others suffer such awful loss at what’s supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. There are many suicides at Christmas – some people don’t want to go through another lonely festive season without family and friends, or perhaps they’re in financial difficulty and can’t face more debt. The cold weather naturally takes many lives at this time of year and also accidents don’t stop simply because everyone is feeling festive. And of course, the hours are long with a lot of time spent ‘on-call’ for Christmas and Boxing Day so it’s difficult to really switch off.