by Darren Humphries
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Some readers will be put off by this book, which is subtitled The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband. Indeed Darren Humphries might one day regret having published his thoughts following the unexpected death, at 39, of his wife, Maite. Explaining his decision, he writes: 'I had never read, or heard, anything that had prepared me for any of this stuff.' 'Stuff' includes dealing with the bed in which Maite died. Humphries couldn't bring himself to use it again, knowing 'there had been a corpse cooling on it for something like 12 hours'. A prime concern was germs: doctors could not determine the cause of death and Humphries wasn't taking any chances. His discomfort arises again when asked if he would like to keep his wife's ashes at home. One can almost hear him utter 'Yuk' at the thought. Advice about mundane matters connected to death might be helpful for those who find themselves in his position, including the costs involved. Then there's the question of when it's appropriate to start dating again. 'What if you bumped into the perfect person for you the following week?'