Coming Home From Their Holiday In A Coffin.

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By Jabo
@jaboUK (53922)
United Kingdom
December 8, 2016 2:18pm CST
I've recently returned from Spain, and as my husband isn't very mobile we book assistance at the airport. This means that we have to remain on the plane (along with other disabled people), until everybody else has disembarked. While waiting for the special vehicle that the assistance team use, we noticed not one, but two coffins being unloaded from the plane. It gave me quite a turn to see them, and to realise that these people's holidays had ended so tragically. I only hope that they had died at the end of their trip and had at least had an enjoyable time beforehand. It would be even more sad if they had died at the start of their vacation. The assistance team told us that this wasn't an unusual occurrence, though they didn't usually have two at the same time. The thing is that a lot of people travelling to Spain from England at this time of year are elderly with health problems, so I suppose it is bound to happen. I couldn't help but wonder how their spouse/partner must feel, knowing that their loved one was travelling home in the hold of the aircraft in a coffin, instead of sitting beside them on the plane. It's too awful to contemplate, and my heart goes out to them.
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58 responses
@Plethos (10313)
• United States
8 Dec 16
sad to see. terrible to read.
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@Juliaacv (30274)
• Canada
8 Dec 16
How very tragic, I just cannot imagine how the survivor, or the next of kin would feel.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@Juliaacv Seeing those coffins made me imagine how I would feel - the relatives must be devastated.
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• Rochester, New York
8 Dec 16
If it were me I know for a fact that I would refrain from taking trips and just vacation at home.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@LisaSteinmetz Yes, if this happened to your own spouse/friend it really would make you think about going away again.
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@much2say (39159)
• United States
8 Dec 16
Surely it happens, but I wouldn't ever want that to happen . That is definitely not the way I would want to come home from a trip either - as you said, too awful to contemplate .
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@much2say Yes, such a tragic end to what should have been a lovely holiday.
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@much2say (39159)
• United States
8 Dec 16
@jaboUK . . . and what should have been a lovely ending to the holiday.
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@crossbones27 (19579)
• Redlands, California
8 Dec 16
WOW, things you never hear about. I always like people who share this stuff with us because how would we we know otherwise This could save someones life one day because it puts it in their head.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@crossbones27 It's one of those things that you think will never happen to you, and fervently hope that it won't.
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• Redlands, California
8 Dec 16
@jaboUK Indeed
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• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Dec 16
Makes you wonder.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@teresatrotter It certainly does. An awful thing to happen.
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
8 Dec 16
So sad!
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@marlina It really is, such a trerrible thing to happen.
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@Kandae11 (36907)
8 Dec 16
That is really sad.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@Kandae11 Yes, horribly sad.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Dec 16
Repatriating a deceasd partner or relative must be heartbreaking for all concerned.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 16
@pgntwo It doesn't really bear thinking about, but that's what I've been doing - putting myself in the survivor's shoes.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
9 Dec 16
It's sad for the surviving loved ones that it happened around the holy days but you should be happy for those who have passed on. No more pain, no more heartache, no more physical traumas or sickness. They are in a place of love, I believe, with others who have moved on. I am always happy for those who die but sad for the ones they've left behind.
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• Spring Hill, Florida
10 Dec 16
It took me along time to get to that point of being happy they weren't suffering. I was always just so devastated that I lost them
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 16
@dragon54u @adynsmommy Yes, it's much worse for those left behind.
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@just4him (116853)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Dec 16
How sad. I can't imagine how their loved ones feel receiving their loved ones that way.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 16
@just4him It doesn't bear thinking about, does it?
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@just4him (116853)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Dec 16
@jaboUK No it doesn't. It's not something anyone wants to go through.
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@VivaLaDani13 (19866)
• Perth, Australia
21 Mar 17
@jaboUK That is just beyond sad! *Touch wood* to never experience anything similar like that!
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 17
@VivaLaDani13 Yes, it must be an awful thing to experience.
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@Daljinder (21541)
• India
14 Jan 17
I don;t have that experience but We did have my uncle (who was in his early 40's at that time) returning home from Kuwait. He wasn't well and was treated for major heart attack. We weren't sure whether he would make the trip back home safe or in a coffin. *shudder* He made it home was promptly headed to hospital. Not a whole month has passed that he passed away after another heart attack.
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@responsiveme (16053)
• India
12 Dec 16
This is sad. Like you I hope the family had some good holiday time.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec 16
@responsiveme Yes, let's hope that was the case.
@stbrians (15072)
• Kakamega, Kenya
9 Dec 16
That is one of the most enjoyable trips ever. In a coffin
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 16
@stbrians I'm afraid I can't agree with that.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 16
@stbrians They also See No Good, Hear No Good and Do no Good!
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@stbrians (15072)
• Kakamega, Kenya
10 Dec 16
@jaboUK AND that is the best option
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
12 Dec 16
How awful for those families Janet my heart goes out to them too.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec 16
@Gillygirl Hi Gill, you've been AWOL again, haven't you? I hope you are ok. Yes, this must be awful for the families.
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
13 Dec 16
@jaboUK I am well thanks. Apart from the journey home did you enjoy Spain?
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 16
@Gillygirl Yes, we had a good holiday and the journey home was fine. We didn't know about the coffins until after we'd landed.
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
11 Dec 16
That is rather sad isn't it but if you have to go, going on vacation isn't a bad way to do it!!
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 16
@BelleStarr I'm sorry to hear that. (Thank you for your Xmas card Isabelle, it arrived today. I don't send cards but donate the money I would have spent to the Salvation Army. I wish you and yours a happy Xmas).
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@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
16 Dec 16
That incident is very sad and touchable. It is good that they have some good time with together at the end of the journey.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
16 Dec 16
@shshiju It's to be hoped that the survivor has some good memories of their last weeks together,
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@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
16 Dec 16
@jaboUK Yes definitely. Some day we all are became memories.
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@Inlemay (16542)
• South Africa
14 Dec 16
that is very sad . . . It has crossed my mind when I travel but so far for us, so good.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 16
@Inlemay I must admit to having some trepidation nowadays as my husband is 86 and isn't in good health. However you can't let fears rule your life, so we'll carry on travelling for as long as we can.
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@Inlemay (16542)
• South Africa
14 Dec 16
@jaboUK I agree - I do carry on with the travelling, but I do plan for the worst as well (documents are always right and ready for if something goes wrong)
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@MarymargII (9737)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 Dec 16
I have thought of this before and realize that it does happen but is too sad and how awful for the surviving ones, as you say.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 16
@MarymargII It must be really devastating, and I suppose that it isn't all that uncommon.
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• Toronto, Ontario
16 Dec 16
@jaboUK Let's just say I don't want to think about it next time I go on a holiday- a little scary!
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@TheHorse (65719)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Dec 16
It has happened in my family. It was very strange for all involved.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 16
@TheHorse How awful that your family has first hand experience of this.
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@TheHorse (65719)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Dec 16
@jaboUK It was a difficult time. Now it's just a sad story.
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