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Death Becomes Her: A Mortician’s Response

Such a fascinating read. I guess even when we die, there’s no escape from objectification.

The Chick and the Dead

I call myself a ‘Mortician’ for want of a more succinct term in the UK for my profession, but the real job title is Anatomical Pathology Technologist. In my eight years assisting pathologists with autopsies (post-mortems) I saw every possible face of death, and  none could really be considered ‘beautiful’. I looked upon death every day: some days with grim determination and a sense of duty to grieving families, but other days with a sense of horror or outrage at man’s inhumanity to man, or just their sheer bad luck. Some days I’d be sated with a valuable sense of being needed at this last point in a patient’s journey, other days I’d shower long and hard to remove death’s cold touch from my flesh, drink wine to remove death’s bitter aftertaste and wash my clothes twice to remove death’s hideous, cloying presence. So when I read this recent…

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2 responses to “Death Becomes Her: A Mortician’s Response

  1. Many thanks for re-blogging. Absolutely true that we are still objectified, even in death – but that does go back a looong time. My next post will explain why 🙂

    • missguide

      Can’t wait! Have just started studying history of sexuality and am so fascinated by it all. Just booked my first ticket to Bart’s too. Very excited (love your blog, by the way)

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