October 22, 2007

Job Security, Or Back from the Brink

Australian grave diggers are now equipped with life saving defibrillators -- no, not in case the coroner was wrong, but for the funeral attendees who often succumb to their grieving.

"A lot of people who die are old, so the people who come to the services are frail and they are vulnerable anyway, and the additional stress of a funeral tips them over the edge,” Vicki Pridmore, chief executive of Melbourne’s Cheltenham cemeteries, told local newspapers on Friday.

Pridmore said a family or friend collapsed at a funeral every two months on average, so now gravediggers were being trained to use the new defibrillator.

There are mashups, and then there are mashups. eh?

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