- Just found a dead body
Out walking the dog with kids earlier in a local woods (Childwall woods if anyone knows it). Threw the ball for the dog who being the tit he is took off in the wrong direction leaving me to go down into a sunken area to retrieve ball. As I turned around I noticed someone hiding in the bushes who looked like he was spying on us. Went over to have a word and realised that he was yellow and his feet were a few inches off the ground. Immediately panicked as the girls were just about to come on the scene. Screamed at them to get back and luckily the 7 year old didn’t see anything although the 11yr old did and is obviously a little upset. She can’t get the image of seeing his completely still legs just hanging there although she seems to get coming to terms with it now. Called police and ambulance who arrived in numbers and closed off the whole scene. After an hour and a half of examining the scene the body was removed and I gave a statement. Just hope he didn’t have wife/kids.Posted 2 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
I saw someone jump off a bridge right in front of me last year.
Watch yourself for the next day or so as I had a bit of a wobble about 48 hours later. Talk it through with someone if that helps. In my case it was a colleague who told very bad taste jokes for about 10 minutes. It worked for me as prior to that I kept seeing the guy going in head first every time I closed my eyes.
Take care.Posted 2 years agosuperleggeraMember
there is a line of research suggests if you get (your 11yr old) to play tetris or anything like this intensively for the next few days it distracts her brain from going over the short term memory she has formed of what she saw (and building/reinforcing the multiple synaptic links that form memory) and stops it forming a strong long term memory. In theory it will even weaken the short term memory and make it seem more distant like something she saw in a film etc.Posted 2 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Well done loddrik for dealing with it and your children so well. Not sure I’d have managed to remain so calm in those sort of circumstances.
As others have said, do look after yourself and if either you or your kids are struggling don’t be afraid to post up on here.
And don’t forget there are plenty of us who don’t live a million miles from you if you need a friendly ear.Posted 2 years agotcomc1000Member
Sorry to hear about your experience.Posted 2 years ago
My top tip would be to take your kids back out for a walk in those woods tomorrow. Take the mrs and have chocolate and nice drinks with you. Make it a nice but short affair and try to make everyone laugh whilst you are about. Don’t let their memory be one of a pair of hanging boots.
( multiple tours of Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and one of Sierra Leone-though worst case of ptsd I ever saw was two lads who found a body whilst kayaking down the wye)loddrikMember
Thanks chaps. I’m ok. Daughter seems to be ok now. She is talking about it which has helped her. The thing that I can’t get out of my mind was the stillness. Even though it’s obvious that a dead person would be still, the fact that it was in a sunken heavily wooded area with no breeze, and the body was just hanging there completely and absolutely still. It was kind of surreal.Posted 2 years agoseadog101Subscriber
Don’t be afraid to talk to someone, seek counselling, or whatever it needs to be called.
I got involved in the recovery of a body at sea one time. It didn’t effect me as I wasn’t closely involved in the body personally. Those who were involved got offered counselling, some took it, some didn’t. Of those who did take, they said it helped. Those who didn’t all said they hoped to never have to go through the experience again.Posted 2 years agoprojectMember
Loddrick hope you can venture out to those woods again quite soon, like falling off a bike you must remount and ride again, probably the person will be named in the liverpool echo, then youll possibly know a bit more about the chap, and his family, which may help you all.Posted 2 years agolukeMember
Some good advice has been given in this thread, don’t be afraid to seek a professional to talk to if needed, and if you use the woods a fair bit get back in there asap.Posted 2 years ago
I’ve seen a few dead bodies in my life but one sticks in my mind in an area of wood I used to walk in a few times a month I haven’t been back in that would since the day even though I could be at least quater of a mile from the site.muggomagicSubscriber
Blimey that must be a shocking sight. Hope you’re all ok.
I once found an old boy dead right in the middle of a bridle way when I was out on my bike. Clearly just keeled over while out for a walk. Saddest part of it was that few weeks later and he was in the paper and they still hadn’t identified him. In all that time not one person had missed him.Posted 2 years ago
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