20 Things You’ll Probably Wish You Didn’t Know About Dead Bodies

5. They become really cold really fast. Like ice-cold.

“They become really cold really fast. Like ice-cold. It’s weird to touch someone’s hand and have it be freezing to the touch.”

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6. Their mouth tends to relax and stays open like a never-ending scream.

“When a person dies their mouth tends to relax and stays open like a never-ending scream and your eyeballs sink and you look grey, plus you start to stink. It is not a serene scene like movies would have you believe.

Another thing is that the deceased ‘purge,’ which means brown or white liquid comes out of their mouths. White indicates lung origin and brown indicates stomach.

There is usually slippage if a person has been dead for some time, meaning that skin peels away to reveal dermis (pink layer underneath); it’s unsettling.

The deceased void their bowels.

A mortician has to bathe you.

Babies are the utterly heartbreaking to work on in a funeral home.”


7. There is no such thing as a clean suicide.

“This is obviously going to be pretty morbid for some people to read, so please read with caution. One of the hardest things I’ve come across working crime and trauma scene clean-up is that there is a very upsetting amount of people that commit suicide thinking it’s going to spare their families the grief of having to see them. It’s one of the hardest parts of my job, knowing that this person tried their best to spare their families the trauma of seeing them. This is obviously the last thing this person wanted. Almost every suicide I’ve cleaned that happened in a remote or different area, the family had to come in and see the body beforehand to identify it, sometimes without the actual face intact. Gunshot wounds are some of the worst ones to deal with because your family isn’t going to be able to properly mourn you. If the person chose to commit suicide in a hotel room or somewhere else, by the time someone finds them, their body is typically heavily decomposed or decomposing. Depending on where you die or what you die on, such as wood, carpet, or a lot of tiling (anything porous), your body is going to decompose and body fat and blood are going to essentially melt into the flooring and the people cleaning that up are going to have to remove the flooring to properly make it not a biohazard…this means the cleaning fees usually get thrown on your family, and this can cost them thousands, sometimes more.

So not only are families typically traumatized by the loss of their loved one, but they’re usually dealing with massive cleaning fees or debt on top of their mourning. If your family can’t afford to have your body cleaned up, sometimes they’re going to have to clean up the aftermath and this can actually cause an extreme health hazard risk. I had to clean up my grandfather’s suicide and I can tell you that it follows you forever.

Besides medically assisted suicides that allow the family to properly mourn, there is no such thing as a clean suicide.”



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