Monthly archives: June, 2015

Dead Inside

I meant to write this a while ago, when we got a case of a toddler beaten to death by mom’s boyfriend. Then I was momentarily distracted by some other, more mundane homicides, and then yesterday there was another toddler beaten to death by mom’s boyfriend AND mom. I am the only one at work…


Autopsy Explained

No, I don’t mean the entire procedure. I mean what you can expect when you make a funeral arrangement for someone who has been autopsied. Different counties and states have different methods of performing an autopsy. Most people know the trunk of the body is split open with the classic Y incision, but most autopsies…


The Bloody Band-Aid

I save everything. In my closets, boxes and files you can find baby clothes my grandmother wore, letters I got from my dad when I was in preschool, and string I got for Christmas twenty years ago as a joke gift. Most people don’t. It’s rare to find someone that has even one photo album,…


It’s the “Live Without The One You Loved The Most” challenge!

I don’t know what the first “challenge” was, but I imagine it had something to do with conquering a physical feat. Weight loss, or a strength goal; perhaps finding the courage to enter a race or other athletic event. Then they started getting dumb. I remember a “challenge” involving swallowing a large spoonful of cinnamon;…


The Body We Didn’t Want Them To Find

I’ve been reading many news stories lately about funeral homes in trouble with the law for mishandling human remains – hiding them on the property rather than keeping them in refrigeration, usually because the families cannot afford to pay for the cremation or other arrangements. In my opinion, disrespect of a human body and refusal…