I have a lovely friend who has just finished their first full year as a doctor. He is one of my biggest role models – he’s truly kind, very calm, and practically, a brilliant doctor for his stage. We met for a drink earlier and it’s really perked me up. One thing we talked about was the (grim) topic of declaring and certifying patient deaths, which is a task that often falls to junior doctors. At present, doctors get a small additional payment for every certificate they fill in – a small perk for doing a miserable task.
My friend donates all the payment he gets from filling in death certificates to charity.
Other people might go and buy a new handbag (though not my friend!), or put it towards a holiday or a car. He gives it away. He uses the benefit he gains from someone else’s passing, to help someone else.
He is one of my every day heroes.