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Heartbreak As Toddlers Discovered Beside Fathers Dead Body

By Isabella Lovric

Most would think that there is nothing safer than leaving their children with their partner as they leave for work. 

Things took a devastating turn for British mum who was away from home when she found out her husband had died and her two daughters were in bed cuddling his body for more than 12 hours.  

When Helen Daykin's daughter did not arrive at school, the school called Mr Daykin, who had died of heart failure the night before, however they did not try calling Mrs Daykin, according to BBC News. 

Mrs Daykin found out later in the evening that her husband had died after her mother had driven to the family home and couldn't open the door. She then called the police to break into the house who found the devastating scene in the parent's bedroom. 

Helen told BBC: “There’s no reason why this couldn’t happen again. How the children didn’t hurt themselves I’ve no idea.

“They spent the whole day upstairs, they didn’t come down at all. They were hungry. They played with all my shoes and makeup, but they didn’t venture further in the house.

“Pearl can tell me every single detail and relives it often. I can’t leave the room without her shouting for me or wanting to be with me.”

Helen now is pushing for schools to call second and third emergency contact numbers if children don’t arrive in the morning. 

She wrote on Facebook: “Please go and ask your child’s school what their policy is on First Day Calling. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer, keep pushing them until you do.

“If they can’t answer it means they don’t know. That’s not acceptable, push for a better response.”

The Good Grief Trust in the UK is supporting her campaign and working towards preventing this situation from reoccurring.

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