In December, 2004, during the Tsunami, which made thousands of victims in Thailand, I made the decision to leave for Phuket and to go to help families with distress. Two days after the disaster, I arrived with two co-workers. During two weeks we helped families to find their missing persons and to repatriate them towards their respective countries. We organized the paperwork, embalming, coffins and transportation to there home country. We repatriated all the Belgians, as well as Italians, Swedes, Turks, Spanish and deceases of the other countries.
It is only after my return that I realized all the horror which I had lived. Emotionally it had become me impossible to continue to help the other families. The need to direct me to other professional horizons was felt quickly. After 25 years in an environment where I had the experience and recognition of my colleagues and competitors, the decision was difficult but necessary.