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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

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