Grief is a powerful emotion.
And everybody has experienced something at some point in their lives. We all experience the loss of loved ones; it is a fact of life. The fact that something is “normal” or “expected,” however, does not imply that it is any easier on any of us. It is still one of the hardest things to deal with even if you know it is going to happen; I should know.
But now is the moment when families unite and support one another. Who is performing all the laborious work so that we don’t have to? the cemeteries, of course. Although their labour is extremely vital, they do not receive enough respect. They must clean the body and make it appear “natural looking,” as opposed to blue and decaying.
Because of this, we have some shocking mortuary professionals’ anonymous confessions today. Scroll down to read them for yourself.
#1 Buried with a poodle.
When an elderly woman passed away, she requested that her poodle be buried alongside her. The dog was put to sleep by the family, cremated, and the ashes were placed in her coffin. That seemed weird to me!
#2 NSYNC Music.
I performed an entire NSYNC funeral. While the coffin was being lowered into the earth, we [played “Bye Bye Bye”]. Upon demand.
#3 Grave Jumpers.
I’ve handled a lot of yelling fights. Casket jumpers are a real phenomena; they are uncommon but do occur. In my ten years of employment, I’ve seen two. I’ve also seen fights using fists. While eight months pregnant, I intervened in a heated argument to end it.
#4 Fishing Jacket.
It was desired that the mother of the Queen’s private secretary be buried in a fishing jacket, therefore I officiated at her funeral. When I enquired, she said that she never went fishing.
#5 Hungry for some ribs.
We used paraformaldehyde the first time I embalmed a person who had undergone an autopsy, and the senior embalmer I was working with remarked that it was similar to applying a rub to meat. It got me to thinking about how long it had been since I had ribs.
I ordered ribs for supper, but the entire time I kept thinking about the autopsy. I no longer eat ribs. I admit that I wasn’t much of a meat eater to begin with, but these days I steer clear of it even more.
#6 Sliding the casket in.
Caskets have huge markups. Cemeteries demand exorbitant prices just to dig a grave and fill it. The worst scenario is being interred and the cemetery merely opening a door for the casket to enter.
#7 Six Feet Under.
Despite what some might say, I think [Six Feet Under] was incredibly nicely done. They took getting the death thing right seriously because one of the mortician advisors on the show was a colleague of mine.
#8 Pouring the remains in.
People who jumped fences at night, dug a trench, and filled it with cremains have been reported. It’s not unusual!
#9 The embalming process.
Two exhumations have I witnessed. A single one was interred in 1989 and dug up in 2015. He must have been properly embalmed because he was in astonishingly good condition. His legs were made of bone, but his face was still painted.
#10 Reacting bodies.
I usually promise my families that we would work hard, but I never promise specific outcomes until I am much further along in the procedure. During embalming, a lot of different things can go wrong, and occasionally the body doesn’t respond the way we want it to.
#11 Physical job.
It surprised me how physically demanding the job was. numerous hefty lifts (bodies, caskets, etc).
#12 Old pictures.
The family frequently sends in a picture of the woman when she was 20 and requests that her hair be styled in that manner, especially for elderly women with wispy grey hair. Additionally, they retrieve clothing that has been stored for years and that the person has since outgrown.
#13 Sexist industry.
It’s a terribly sluggish sector. Furthermore, the funeral business is obstinate and doesn’t like to hire women. They prefer to maintain the company’s male-dominated culture. I was passed up for a guy who graduated last even though I had the best resume and graduated at the top of my class.
#14 Old style mustache.
I once embalmed someone who had a large moustache a la the Civil War and noted on the embalming report that he passed away as a result of “complications from time travel.” We often crack jokes.
#15 Last christmas.
After significant holidays, it can get busy, but not because people “hang on” for one more Christmas. Unbelievably, families will postpone calling hours and funerals in order to avoid upsetting anyone. Families have occasionally left bodies in the preparation area for a few weeks. So rather than upsetting everybody at Christmas dinner, they believe it would be best to leave Auntie Sue lying on a table for a bit.
#16 Working with the living.
I rarely experience creepiness. I frequently assert that only the living can harm you. I have worked with individuals of various ages, including family members and acquaintances, and I have never felt uneasy. In all honesty, there are moments when I’d prefer work with the dead than the living.
#17 It is just a job, why is it looked down upon from other people?
#18 Just because you are going through something doesn’t give you leeay to act rude towards other human beings.
#19 Honestly, I think everyone would be scared of that. Falling from a 6 feet height into an enclosed space doesn’t sound like fun to me.
#20 As morbid as it sounds, they are just bodies and nothing else. It is not as if they will wake up.
#21 Just because you have seen bodies doesn’t mean you will get scared. Do you ever ask the same question from a Doctor?
Being a mortician requires you to deal not just with dead bodies but also with people who are going through the most gruesome procedure imaginable. Additionally, helping someone who is mourning is difficult. Because you never know how they’re going to react, and they could even become irate about seemingly insignificant things that other people would find normal.
#22 Honestly, when you love your job, it is fun to talk about it even if people get annoyed at you.
#23 Just because you see a lot of something everyday doesn’t mean you get used to it. Crying just makes you human.
#24 It may not seem like a great job for many people but who do it, feel rewarded for their efforts.
#25 I honestly don’t know what is so shocking about it. I mean it should just be considered a normal job.
#26 There is nothing wrong with not wanting to have children but it should always be a well-thought out decision.
Did you ever anticipate these confessions? Do you hold a mortician position? If so, what do you think about your job? Let us know in the comments section below.
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