When someone cleans up after murders, suicides, bombings and other scenes of horror day after day, it's bound to make a deep impression. Donna Nayler has lived it and has written about it.
Here is an excerpt from the 1st chapter, Crime Scene Cleaner:
Everybody has a story. This is mine. What makes me think my story is worth telling? I speak for the dead, and for what the dead have left behind. When we are young, our teachers and parents ask the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” ‘Crime scene cleaner’ isn’t the usual answer.
I grew up amid the sparkling lights of Australia’s Gold Coast, and my friends were all in sales or hairdressing, girls stuck in girly jobs. A bit of a rebel, I skipped school regularly until I convinced my parents I had made my decision in life. I was going to live in society and earn a wage rather than attend my final year of schooling.
My euphoric rush of instant adulthood was short lived. I was told to get a job and get used to the real world. I’m still trying to get used to the real world. I began hairdressing at seventeen, but by the age of twentyfive, I was tired of pretending I cared about what was going on in my clients’ lives, tired of their first-world problems. Venting to the unlucky hairdresser must be cheaper than going to a shrink.
I’d always been intrigued and fascinated by death services, eager to delve into the darkness, while at the same time it freaked 2 Bloodstains and Ball Gowns: Life As a Crime Scene Cleaner me out. I’ve always believed in the supernatural and wondered what happens after your heart stops ticking. What is left in the silent moments after the grim reaper has come and gone?
This is not the kind of book you read every day. Compelling, isn't it?
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