Ask A Mortician – CLOSING MOUTHS POSTMORTEM Next Post DAD IS DEAD! TELL THE BEES! Previous Post EASY STEPS to becoming an Alternative Mortician! cassandra yonder How about the question: “How do you feel about the mouth not being shut?” You speak about the image of “real death” being “confronting”. And worth confronting, right? Isn’t that exactly what the whole community deathcare – home funeral movement – is about? We find that families can “handle” more that we thought we could. Its about emancipating ourselves from the conspiracy to protect one another from dying, death and bereavement in hopes of avoiding the painful feelings associated with trauma and grief. Some families are ok with “real death” and choose to let eyes and mouths be open if that is the position they are in. There’s no right or wrong way. Each family may find the deathcare that feels right for them based on their own unique values and beliefs. It doesn’t necessarily involve closing the mouths and eyes of their loved ones who have died. It does usually involve an attempt to make the dead bodies of our loved ones appear beautiful and comfortable. People like Caitlin are offering the public an opportunity to ask; “Why?” It is worth pondering; “what is beauty in death?” “What does it mean to look ‘dead’ and is that something to deny or avoid?” Thanks for this and all the Ask A Mortician videos! Cassandra Petra Volkhausen If you use the suture method, how do you conceal the thread that comes out underneath the chin?