Two years ago, when I got a rare email on the Order of the Good Death account, I was thrilled. Someone wants to talk to ME?! About DEATH?@! A zillion hurrahs! Since then, I’ve answered every single email I’ve received.
But as the Order of the Good Death expands, I keep trying to find ways to make everything more streamlined and functional. That’s why I was so happy to discover Marissa Segreto, a young lady with a fantastic blog The Mortuary Student.
Here she is wearing a shark costume. What is not to love?
Marissa writes both detailed (and brutally honest) blog posts about the rigors of mortuary school.
“What I am new to is formaldehyde.
We used a different preservative back in high school, one that smelled rather pleasantly of mint and disinfectant. Formaldehyde smells a lot like acetone nail polish remover, which is understandable, as they’re both in the aldehyde family of chemicals. However, there’s something about formaldehyde.. Ick. Just ick. I could feel it coming in through my mask and just coating my lungs and esophagus. I had just come from a funeral that day and I hadn’t had any time to eat, so I went in with an empty stomach, and even though I was so interested and enthusiastic, that smell just hit me off guard and I’m ashamed to say that I gagged and was extremely shaky throughout most of the dissection. Now I know better, of course, and I’m never going to go into a dissection on an empty stomach again.”
I am a big fan of her writing (I think a lot of you will be as well) so I asked her if she might be willing to partner with the Order as our mortuary student-in-residence. Which means she would be the one to answer the technical questions sent to the Order about becoming a mortician and mortuary school.