The Cokers fall out over their grandson Paul’s funeral
ue to the ongoing police investigation of Paul’s murder, the Cokers have had to endure an agonising wait before they can say a proper goodbye to their grandson, who was battered to death by a bunch of homophobic thugs.
But this week they get his body back and conduct the funeral.
Dealing with the business of death on a daily basis doesn’t really help when it’s your own nearest and dearest, and the local undertaker and his wife struggle with their emotions.
With ‘Birdy’ caught up in her own grief, Les turns to Claudette
Dand explains that he’s finding it difficult to support Pam. When Pam’s sister, Mim, shows up at the funeral parlour, Pam complains that Les is treating her like a customer. Mim tactfully suggests that Les is just handling things in his own way, and encourages Pam to say a private final goodbye to Paul by spending some time alone with his body.
It’s a heartbreaking moment, but one which gives Pam some closure and prepares her for the next step – the funeral itself.
At the wake held in the Vic, Les talks about his grandson, but Pam is unimpressed. She says he was too cold and has treated the whole affair in a businesslike manner.
Les finds her outside in tears and explains that they’re coping in different ways – his method is to put up a front. When they get home, Pam says she’s hit upon something that will help them get through this difficult time.
What could it be?
Disunited in grief: The Cokers mourn in different ways
Les’s professional manner hides his private anguish