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I see dead people. You can too!

Bury loved ones in such a manner that families and friends can visit and see the bodies as opposed to just the headstones
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Yes it's morbid, but what if...?

What if bodies were stored in coffins/caskets that had windows on the top and side, or just the side. What if these coffins/caskets were then stored behind glass in underground tunnels where the bodies can be viewed time and time again as friends and family come to visit and leave flowers and cards instead of having to look at a brick with a name on it.

Just imagine 21st century catacombs...

---it's obviously past my bedtime

verTigo, Oct 26 2003

Lenin's Embalmers for Hire http://www.indianex...80118/01850244.html
[Laughs Last, Oct 04 2004]

Jeremy Bentham http://www.arts.uns...es/benthead_low.gif
Philosopher, Political Economist, Utilitarian and embalmed corpse in glass case at University College, London. [calum, Oct 04 2004]

Des o' Conner http://www.des-oconnor.com/
[sufc, Oct 04 2004]


       baked I believe
po, Oct 26 2003

silverstormer, Oct 26 2003

       baked, I would actually rather we introduce canabilism? We should eat our dead, what better way to get close to them? People who really live the idea can dope up their dying relatives on painkillers and start then?   

       Past my bed time aswel I think
Ossalisc, Oct 26 2003

       I'm brand new to this site, and I'm guessing "baked" mean it's been thought of already. Am I right? I think I am.   

       Still past my bedtime, but I'm learning, lol...
verTigo, Oct 26 2003

       May be sort of fun to watch as the body decomposes over time. Or not?
Klaatu, Oct 26 2003

       // "baked" mean it's been thought of already// That's what I'm guessing...   

       Can I just say one thing - this isn't fair! When I first arrived everyone was correcting my spelling! Doesn't anyone care about the quality of grammer?!?!?!
Ossalisc, Oct 26 2003


       Uhm... don't you mean "grammar"? ;)
verTigo, Oct 26 2003

       Where's my grammar? Why, home with my gramper. Actually, Lenin was preserved this way. It probably takes an atheist state for this to not seem morbid.   

       Why put them in a glass coffin? Why not just put them in the corner of your living room. Then you could pose them.
WilyPeyote, Oct 26 2003

       "I'd enjoy the anticipation of getting buried like that..."   

       Gee, talk about seeing the good side of everything.
bristolz, Oct 26 2003

       Could there be tanning bulbs for the truly vain dead?
thumbwax, Oct 26 2003

       Well just as long as you put some kind of anti-rotting spray so that the appearance is preserved intact. Then putting it in the corner of your living room like a stuffed bear would be kinda neat as well.
SmartyPants, Oct 26 2003

       Yuk. Treading on sensitive feelings here
The Kat, Oct 26 2003

       Jeez, guys. It's only dead people you know. Dead bodies aren't sacred or revolting or morbid. They're just dead. Saying that, I wouldn't want one in my living room. Dead things rot. Why stop the process.   

       I don't get the point of preserving dead bodies though. I really don't get the embalming, lead lined coffin, preserve the body for as long as possible thing at all. I mean, what for? When I go, I want to be wrapped in a blanket or something that degrades quickly and buried in a wood. There are loads of woodland burial sites in the UK now so it shouldn't be a problem.   

       [Wileypeyote] //It probably takes an atheist state for this to not seem morbid.//
You say that as if it's a bad thing.
squeak, Oct 27 2003

       //Jeez, guys. It's only dead people you know//   

       Who you'll never be able to talk to again. Who you are now unable to care for. Who you'd much rather remember as they were, rather than some god-awful thing proposed here. I'm with [the kat].
benjamin, Oct 27 2003

       Don't get me wrong [benjamin]. //Jeez, guys. It's only dead *bodies* you know// would have said it better. I fully understand the pain of losing someone you love and missing them. My point is that a dead body is a dead body, not something to be venerated or something morbid or something disgusting. Everyone dies, everyone will leave a dead body.   

       I fully agree with you in that I would rather remember people who have died as they were when they were alive. I certainly wouldn't want to preserve them in a glass box or any other way.   

       This is only a dumb attempt at a gross-out idea. Nothing to get upset about.
squeak, Oct 27 2003

       Someone send this idea to Martha Stewart.
stringstretcher, Oct 27 2003

       Actually, I think there's something quite civilised about the idea of remaining more "in touch" with your dead than we're accustomed to, facing mortality in its full, skeletal reality. Other, supposedly primitive cultures seem to be much less squeamish about what is, at heart, an undeniable reality - dust to dust and all that. In Madagascar, there's the Famadihana ceremony where people dig up the bones of their deceased relatives, clean them up, throw a huge party for them, then bury them again. Back in the neolithic, in Catal Huyuk, the skulls of loved ones would be given clay "flesh", seashells for eyes and kept as household items, treasured like an urn of ashes on a mantlepiece. It seems to me that this "morbid" behaviour might just be healthier than the kind of horror of a natural process of corruption that makes us poison the earth with formaldehyde-soaked corpses.
Guy Fox, Oct 27 2003

       Whilst I don't think this idea is for me, I'm with Guy Fox on this one. Also don't you think there is a degree of hypocrisy in the way we demand that the dead are treated with respect almost more than we require the same for the living? For example the outcry over the bodies of American soldiers being dragged through the streets in Somalia when compared with the imprisonment without trial of suspected terrorists (I am not making a political point here – just drawing the comparison).   

       On a practical note - what about those who die in such a way that their remains provoke painful memories of the painful manner of their deaths - e.g. road accident victims, drinkers of poison, bridge-jumpers and fans of Des O'Conner?
dobtabulous, Oct 27 2003

       How about using an armature fitted into the body of the deceased so that one could pose them differently for different times of the year.
PhillyJoe, Oct 30 2003

       And a rotisserie oven? "Today on Martha Stewart Unliving: Marinated Mummies, served with orange sauce..."
RayfordSteele, Oct 30 2003

       burying is overrated.   

       ashes ashes / we all fall down. burn 'em all!   

       (then you can talk to your cigar as if its your beloved one.. dust is dust..)
faula, Jul 03 2008

       was considering an aboveground lexan cube the other day
FlyingToaster, Jul 03 2008

       Would be interesting to explain to a kid how soandso has gone to a better place when they're clearly trapped in a box.
Bukkakinator, Jul 03 2008

       would cause certain people to invest in pre-mortem vampire fangs, spock ears, etc... not that I would do anything like that myself, mind... and who's the wise-arse that bribed the mortician to do aunt letitia up like a circus clown anyways ?
FlyingToaster, Jul 03 2008

       There's a dead dude in a glass box in St Peter's in Rome. Full bishop's regalia.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jul 03 2008


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