Trainee Julia follows.
Inside the cottage, they find Alice seated dead at a table, surrounded by cuddly toys that a child might cherish. Each has a place card and chair.
Seeing Julia near tears, Tom has her wait outside until the body is retrieved, then remove the stuffed animals. He later helps with her first-ever incident report.
Removal and report aren’t enough, Julia decides. “Surrounded by loving family, Alice Smith, 92, passed away…” the newspaper obituary begins.
“Survivors include Fred, Dennis, Bear, Chloe, Todd and Roxanne. Services are pending.”