Things You Didn’t Know About Death

Death. It’s coming for you. Whether you like it or not.

But here are a few weird facts you prob­ably didn’t know about death.

Above all… make sure you don’t lack oxygen…

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An info­graphic with 15 inter­esting facts about death.

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21 thoughts on “Things You Didn’t Know About Death”

  1. Number 15 is great. However, I demand a refund from the author of the info­graphic, because I already knew at least half of these, and the title specif­i­cally promised 15 things I didn’t know.

  2. Way bogus number in there — the average burial puts ‘hundreds of gallons’ of embalming fluid into the story. Ehrm… the average human body displaces about 18 gallons according to Wolfra­mAlpha — and that would be assuming total body replace­ment with embalming fluid, so that would be an upper limit.

    I certainly don’t recall having attended a funeral where they poured in eleven extra people worth of embalming fluid into the grave.

  3. I do wish more people would go without embalming fluid — if you’re willing to do a quick, closed casket funeral, the embalming fluid is completely unnecessary.

  4. +vita tres no, embalming is not required by law except in a very few circum­stances. i know this only because embalming is not allowed in the reli­gion i grew up in, so i know that when my mom kicks it, we have to make sure she doesn’t get embalmed.

  5. +Eoghann Irving A receipt? I could send you the bill if you’d like.

    And open caskets are weird. I not both­ered by death and the details of death, but I don’t care to think people are coming about to look at my dead body… that would be weird.

  6. Local laws may or may not require embalming, although there are always excep­tions for reli­gious belief.

    Person­ally, an open casket funeral is not some­thing I want for myself, but it does allow people to actu­ally confront the fact of death and to say goodbye in a conclu­sive way. It was common in earlier times to leave the body on display at home for a while and to make chil­dren kiss the corpse. As disturbing as that sounds, it was prob­ably healthier than trying to completely deny the fact of death and just, as it were, sweeping every­thing under the rug.

  7. I was at an open casket funeral two months ago, and I thought it gave good closure to those in the family who wanted to say a final goodbye and see that Grandpa was, in fact, no longer present in that body. I don’t think anyone wants to come face to face with death, but I think some people could do with a little more reality and a little less avoid­ance. Then they wouldn’t do so much of that “OMG, I can’t believe famous celebrity actu­ally DIED!! How is it possible???”

  8. Of course death is some­thing we all liked to ban.
    And it is normal and neces­sary that we don’t think about our own mortality all the time.
    But death does not go away, by ignoring it. And I don’t think that the tenden­cies to ignore old age and to ‘erase’ it from our faces will help with coming to terms with the ineviteable.

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