When you die, there is a process by which all the public authorities and utility companies are informed, so that existing arrangements can be brought to an end and all that is necessary is done to tie up any loose ends. I am the named point of contact in my mother’s case.
Two letters arrived in this morning’s post. In one, HMRC commiserated with me on my own death. They said that they recognised that it was a difficult time for me. More dramatic was the letter from British Gas. It starts:
Dear The Estate of Mrs J B-
We’re sorry to see that you have cancelled your HomeCare® agreement. But of course we understand that you have your reasons.
We’re still there for you.
If I believed in an afterlife, I would find the idea that I would have to share it with British Gas particularly chilling.