"The Punished Suicide"

Submitted by: LordJim 3 weeks ago in Entertainment
A Los Angeles mortician relates a bizarre story as part of her "Morbid Minute" series.

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Male 10,070
It really has me shaking my head to think that the parents of the young woman were pleased with this taxidermic display of their daughter: not just the physical aspect, but the moral aspect, too. Per the host's observations, Wow, do cultural norms ever shift!
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Female 1,453
squrlz4ever if she had any parents left to speak of. It’s sad I know... I think death was just more of the norm back then. So the Victorians had their own way of coping with it...People often lost loved ones on a regular basis back then..So I think death may have been looked at in a very different  perspective..People live longer now. So we dont deal with death as often as they did back in the day...(unless you are apart of the grim reaper gang). Then you see it all the time like me..Just my two cents...
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Male 10,070
pinkminx22 Interesting observations, and I think you're right about a lot of that. I remember reading an essay not long ago that made the observation that in the current day, we have virtually made death disappear. People who are dying are whisked off to hospitals or hospices, out of sight, and the embalming and burials are discrete, quick, and efficient. Mourning periods are absent or abbreviated.

The author observed that births and deaths are roughly equal in number, yet you'd think the former outnumbered the latter by 100 to 1.
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Female 1,453
squrlz4ever More and more people are choosing to die at home vs a hospital now days. I take care of alot  of people who choose to go home, and are cared for by loved ones. The people who are cared for by their loved ones until the end are the fortunate ones. I have seen some cases where an individual had no one. 
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Male 10,070
pinkminx22 Aw, Minx. That's a really sad thought. Thank goodness you were there.
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Male 46,093
Victorians were weird .  Creepy but fascinating.
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Male 9,621
Gerry1of1 Just a general question. Yes, the Victorians were pretty wierd about death and so were a lot of other times and places. We today I guess tend to try to avoid or sanitise the subject.

Do you think that any culture got it about right? I like the idea of a wake, not just Irish but in northern Europe generally. " Aye, he was a grand lad, let's get pissed. It's what he would have wanted."  And raise a glass to him once a year until the last of his old friends join him in the ground.

But keeping corpses around, decorating them, messing with them, fetishizing them... I don't see that as a sign of a healthy society.
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Male 46,093
LordJim Victorians were weird about everything... LOL sex, death, child rearing 

I think each culture got it right if it works for them. The point of those
rituals are for the living to start the mourning process.  I like the party
idea for others, but for me I don't care, whatever my husband wants.
I wouldn't care if he didn't claim the body and let the city dispose of it.
Or spend whatever he wants on a funeral or strippers.  I'm gone so
I don't care.
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Male 9,621
Gerry1of1 Ah, come on. Even atheists want their mates to have a party and drink to them. Strippers are optional, although I believe quite fashionable at Chinese funerals.
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Male 1,210
Pretty morbid but it was a corpse. Far far worse things have been inflicted on the living throughout history and certainly for reasons just a silly as this spectacle. 
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