Extensive Preservation of the Non-Viewable Case

Usually, embalming is not done for a non-viewable case unless it is required for mausoleum entombment or airline shipping. This is the process of preparing such a case for an international flight. When shipping any human remains, you cannot be too careful with your method of preservation. Pressure changes during shipping can cause the body…


It’s OK To Avert Your Eyes Sometimes

In the early ’90s in Liverpool, England, Denise Bulger was shopping with her two-year-old son James, and she turned her back on him for literally 30 seconds. When she turned around, he was gone. Later, surveillance from the store would show James being led away by two males. That day, James was walked to the…


Repeated Exposure to Violence

In high school, even though the stupid career test thing said I’d make an excellent nurse, I knew I wanted to be either a police officer or a mortician. I had no idea how or where one became a mortician, but I knew where the police station was, and I applied to be a cadet….


Do You Want Her Dressed?

Or rather: “What would you like your mother to wear?” It doesn’t matter if we’re “just gonna burn her up.” She needs to wear something. She can wear a sheet, she can wear a hospital gown, but she cannot wear nothing. My purpose isn’t necessarily to see that all my cases are fully dressed; it’s…


About Alcohol

I had my first drink when I was twenty-eight years old. Well, technically I guess I did try a shot of Aftershock when I was seventeen, and a bottle of Boone’s Farm when I was eighteen, but I never got drunk until age 28, despite becoming an IV drug user at age 17. It was…


I’m All Caught Up With the Kardashians

Since New Year’s Day is stupid, I like to make equally stupid New Year’s Resolutions. One year I resolved to spend more money on shoes. Another year I resolved to always say “zero” and not “oh” when reading the number. For 2016, my resolution was to pay more attention to the Kardashians. It wasn’t easy….


The Day the Sheep Died

As a child I felt fortunate to grow up in the kind of neighborhood I did. We lived in a major city, but in a large valley where properties were commonly one acre or more. We had a huge house with a half-acre, fruit and cedar trees, and a bridged creek running through the front…


To Aspirate or Not?

I’ll take a break from my discussions about transvestite cops and child abuse to discuss something I’ve never discussed on this blog – embalming! Seriously, though – all of my posts are in some way related to funeral service. I interact with a lot of cops. I work on people who have been shot by…


Revisiting the Safe Haven Post

I just read an article about a Safe Haven being used in Indiana. A 25-year-old man dropped off a one-day-old baby at a fire station. He remained anonymous and stated that the mother – who was not present – also wished to remain anonymous and that she did not need medical attention. Since the baby…


All Lives Matter

No, this is not in opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement. This is in opposition to the common belief that some people are more important than others. I was reading about another child homicide case, in which a man killed his nearly-two-year-old daughter because she had cancer and as a result was taking up…