Category: Modern Death Attitudes

Die With Nothing

I still think about the man I picked up after he had been dead in his bathtub for five days. Not only because it was the first case I had seen where the deceased was not recognizable as human, but because of the hundreds of questions I would still have about him years later. He…


Coward’s Way Out

Suicide, the great escape, has been called the Coward’s Way Out by many zealous individuals who most likely have no idea what it takes to actually override your largest human instinct, that of self-preservation. The physical act of suicide is anything but cowardly, and its difficulty and the courage it requires are a couple of…


Bless Them on Memorial Day

Memorial Day, like St. Patrick’s Day, is a time for annoying douchebags to loudly proclaim their patriotism and pride in their roots, in between drinking and playing video games. But really, we should be remembering those who sacrificed for this country. I’ll ask for blessings for a few. God bless the Marine who finally made…


Death: The Great Equalizer

The internet, the greatest invention in the world, has probably ruined everyone’s life at least once. I’ve been fired, ridiculed, rejected and otherwise scorned because of things I have said on the internet or things other people have said about me. It happens. The good news is, because it happens to everyone at one point,…


Dead People and Disease

My last post prompted a few questions about what diseases one can catch from a dead body, so I will cover the most common concerns here. The dead are, almost always, no more dangerous than the living. Touching the intact skin of a dead body, even a body that has been dead for days, is…


What Scares Me

“I thought you said this kid was a homicide.” I had come to work expecting a gunshot-exploded face, a three-day job. Not a mark on the body. Perfectly intact head. Perhaps it was a mistake. “Stabbing. Right here.” He pointed out an almost indiscernible slit on the guy’s chest, between two ribs. Less than an…


I’ll Pray For You

Here’s a better idea: DO SOMETHING! Here are suggestions of things that will help a dying person or the recently bereaved. 40 Things More Useful Than Prayer 1. Give a cancer patient a ride to chemo 2. Clean the house of someone who is hospitalized, or buy them a month of maid service 3. Cook…


Worse Than The Screams

The silence.


You’re Normal

I woke up crying three times in a row this morning. For someone who hasn’t cried in several years, this is unusual. I’m still not sure if I was crying only in the dream. It was the same dream, the recurring one where he’s not dead and no one understands how he miraculously survived the…


God: Not Welcome at My Arrangements

My mother used to tell me that I would know I had reached professional success when I no longer had to look for work; I’d sit back and wait while other people called me. I reached that point years ago. Today I know I’m successful because my services are so in demand that I can…