I recognize that this makes most people uncomfortable and that most people don't like talking about death, so I try not to bring it up. Nothing like talking about your dead baby to kill a party.
I found this Youtube channel randomly a few months ago and it came at a perfect time.
When Peter first died and we went to the funeral home to see his body before the viewing and funeral, I was curious about the process of embalming, clothing the dead, etc. but knew that I was completely unprepared emotionally to learn more about it at that time. I couldn't think about those processes being done on his little body right then.
Fast forward a few months and I had come to terms with the idea of his body decaying (which I wrote about here) and was ready to hear the details that the death industry has to offer. Enter: Ask a Mortician.
Ask a Mortician is a video series by Caitlin Doughty that answers questions submitted by viewers about death. She takes a humorous and light-hearted approach to it, and I appreciate that she doesn't take death (or herself) too seriously. I find it fascinating. It also lead me to her webpage and blog which I follow and read.
I don't agree with every view expressed in her blog, but I appreciate being able to "talk" about death and our own mortality. I have also had many questions answered by watching the videos and reading the blog, as well as had my vision broadened when it comes to future choices and decisions made when someone I know dies.
In the church we talk about our mortal experience, but to me it has always been so closely connected with immortality and eternal life (ie. the resurrection), that I didn't really think too much, or dwell on, the dead and dying (decaying) part of it before having my experience with Peter.
While I have considered sharing Ask a Mortician on my blog before, I kind of thought people wouldn't get it, and wouldn't be interested. A new video was posted today sharing really good advice on what to say (and not say) when a baby dies and I couldn't resist any longer!
Here is the link.
If you are intrigued at all by this video, I strongly suggest watching the other Ask a Mortician videos in the series.
Am I the only one fascinated by death and these videos?
Does thinking about death make you uncomfortable because it reminds you of your own mortality and impending demise? Not me! :D