Shanna Riley March 31st, 2007
Sometimes this blog will delve into, what I call, "After Death" practices, and the things that may happen to a body on it's way to the grave. Having an interest in graving usually means an interest in all things grave-related, including what happens to our bodies after death - at least, this is so for me. For this reason, I seek to cover all aspects of graving, cemeteries, death, and after-death care in this blog.
Why would someone want to know what happens to a body after death? For some it's morbid curiosity, for others its a way to face the fear of dying. The unknown is often much more frightening than the known; even if the known is substantially disturbing. It may be disconcerting to hear and see what happens to us after we take our last breath, but it is often less daunting than the images the mind may conjure up for lack of true knowledge. I'd rather be knowledgeable about a subject, even one I'd rather not know about, than to let my imagination run wild on what could happen.
As much as we try to ignore Death, or push anything related to it under the rug, it is an inevitable fact that each and every one of us will experience it at some point in our lives. Some day, maybe sooner or maybe later, our lives will come to an end. Our individual trip around the Sun will cease, at least for this lifetime, and we will leave our bodies.
Knowing about after-death care and procedures may not be something you are comfortable with, but it is something you should think about. It is something you should decide upon while you are still living - no matter your age - to help your grieving family members at the time of your death. Knowing what you want done and how you want it done will be one less thing your family will have to worry about at the time of your passing. If not for yourself, for your family, at least, you should be knowledgeable about what choices you have for the care of your body after death.
Beyond that, it is a personal choice. Some people would rather not know what becomes of their earthly shells once they are interred; others would quite like to know. This blog will address such issues - about after-death care and choices of interment or cremation, and what the pros and cons are of each. Such posts will be found in the After Death category.