Ask a Mortician Episode 6

Apologies for the Ask a Mortician absence in the month of February. In my defense, February is a strange little month with little to recommend it.

This episode is about my favorite favorite favorite thing in all the land — Decomposition!

For more on why I love decomposition (and all that it represents) click here.

As always, thanks to David for the music, Mara & Shannon for helping create little Caitlin the decomposing puppet, and Oliver for that decomposing title (his website).

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  • Wow, I love your vlog.  Very interesting stuff.  I like that you touched on the issue how the media made death and dead bodies to be so scary.  I value how other cultures can embrace death as a natural and normal and not so scary thing. 
    You are fun to watch, keep it up.

  • constovich

    Caitlin, I commend you for this service! You have helped me less creeped out by death.

    My question: I am not scared of death, but don’t enjoy the idea of my remains festering away. When did the current stigma against being around death and dying arise?

    Also, are the services to turn a small part of your remains into gems as relics for real?

  • Anon

    I want to know more about green burial and what you think about the last season of 6 Ft. Under. Do you share Nate’s views of traditional embalming techniques? Do you have to work with all those chemicals? Also, why do you think more people don’t choose green burial? Would there be legal obstacles to just being placed in the ground in a burlap sack? 

  • Love how passionate you are about what you do! A couple questions for future episodes:

    1. Do you feel differently about how the corpse of someone who was murdered (specifically an unsolved case) should be handled? Some people want to be buried the traditional way in case their body needs to be exhumed for evidence collection.

    2. How does your perspective on what happens (or doesn’t) after death affect the way you see life before you expire?

  • A couple more questions for you:

    1. If I wanted a funeral or burial that was contrary to my loved one’s wishes (e.g. I wanted to be cremated but my family is Catholic or I wanted something unconventional like a home funeral), do I have any way to enforce said wishes?

    2. Speaking of unconventional wishes, would it be possible to donate my skeleton to a science classroom for display? Would I/my loved ones have any say over what happens to my remains should they choose to get rid of my bones?