Things You Didn’t Know About Death

Death. It’s coming for you. Whether you like it or not.

But here are a few weird facts you prob­a­bly didn’t know about death.

Above all… make sure you don’t lack oxygen…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Death [info­graphic]
An info­graphic with 15 inter­est­ing facts about death. 

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  • Number 15 is great. However, I demand a refund from the author of the info­graphic, because I already knew at least half of these, and the title specif­i­cally promised 15 things I didn’t know.

  • Way bogus number in there — the aver­age burial puts ‘hundreds of gallons’ of embalm­ing fluid into the story. Ehrm… the aver­age human body displaces about 18 gallons accord­ing to Wolfra­mAl­pha — and that would be assum­ing total body replace­ment with embalm­ing fluid, so that would be an upper limit.

    I certainly don’t recall having attended a funeral where they poured in eleven extra people worth of embalm­ing fluid into the grave.

  • I do wish more people would go with­out embalm­ing fluid — if you’re will­ing to do a quick, closed casket funeral, the embalm­ing fluid is completely unnec­es­sary.

  • +vita tres no, embalm­ing is not required by law except in a very few circum­stances. i know this only because embalm­ing is not allowed in the reli­gion i grew up in, so i know that when my mom kicks it, we have to make sure she doesn’t get embalmed.

  • Funer­als would be much more fun if we included exotic dancers. And now I know never to go to the hospi­tal, since I’m most likely to die there. 😛

  • +Eoghann Irving A receipt? I could send you the bill if you’d like. 

    And open caskets are weird. I not both­ered by death and the details of death, but I don’t care to think people are coming about to look at my dead body… that would be weird.

  • Local laws may or may not require embalm­ing, although there are always excep­tions for reli­gious belief.

    Person­ally, an open casket funeral is not some­thing I want for myself, but it does allow people to actu­ally confront the fact of death and to say good­bye in a conclu­sive way. It was common in earlier times to leave the body on display at home for a while and to make chil­dren kiss the corpse. As disturbing as that sounds, it was prob­a­bly health­ier than trying to completely deny the fact of death and just, as it were, sweep­ing every­thing under the rug.

  • I was at an open casket funeral two months ago, and I thought it gave good closure to those in the family who wanted to say a final good­bye and see that Grandpa was, in fact, no longer present in that body. I don’t think anyone wants to come face to face with death, but I think some people could do with a little more real­ity and a little less avoid­ance. Then they wouldn’t do so much of that “OMG, I can’t believe famous celebrity actu­ally DIED!! How is it possi­ble???”

  • Of course death is some­thing we all liked to ban.
    And it is normal and neces­sary that we don’t think about our own mortal­ity all the time.
    But death does not go away, by ignor­ing it. And I don’t think that the tenden­cies to ignore old age and to ‘erase’ it from our faces will help with coming to terms with the inevite­able.

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