Caroline Wilkinson: The most morbid job?
Caroline Wilkinson is a bereavement officer
I have worked within the NHS for 14 years. After rising to management level and mainly dealing with the trusts’ targets, I realised that I missed working hands-on with people. In 2007 I decided to take the role of the bereavement officer to support people when they are going through a traumatic time.
Most of my friends are nurses. They think that my job must be difficult but worthwhile. My husband is a doctor and understands how the duty of care is important, even in death. The rest of my family think my job is quite morbid and find it difficult to accept what I do for a living, so I tend to avoid discussing it with them.