Now and then, we hear stories about strange things that happen in funeral homes or mortuaries. Simultaneously, some people still think that it’s weird how funeral directors charge money for what they do.
Let us not forget that funeral directors and anybody else who works under their supervision are doing the job that people cannot or will not do.
Funeral homes and mortuaries provide valuable services to the community. They care for and prepare the deceased for burial or cremation in addition to all sorts of arrangements for the memorialization.
It is not that they rip families off; the money they charge is a form of compensation for the works they do.
Unlike other jobs globally, regular workdays in a morgue are filled with many instances most people will never experience, such as picking up dead bodies and dealing with grievous families.
Preparing the deceased takes up a large portion of the job and is likely more cumbersome than it appears.
The following anonymous true-stories from the morgues and funeral homes will give you some ideas of how unpleasant the works often are.
10 /10 Human Soup
A mortician with over 40 years of experience certainly has tons of stories to tell. The “soup guy” story is one he would never forget. An elderly gentleman took a bath, then passed away in the tub while water was still running.
He lived alone in the house, and it must have taken quite a while until someone found him dead.
The mortician was called to pick the dead man up. He lifted the body from the tub and found the flesh had turned into mush. The texture was terrible but nowhere near as bad as the smell.
9 /10 Leaky Body
Size could be a factor, especially if you’re working at a funeral home. One employee was having difficulty handling a gigantic female corpse. The substantial weight made the body pretty fragile in her post-mortem state.
Despite the employee’s careful attention, it was impossible to stop the dead body from leaking fluid. To make things worse, the leak originated not only from one site but everywhere.
The employee then wrapped the dead body in plastic trash bags to keep the clothes and coffin dry. Her funeral day went as normal as anybody could expect.