What is Coffin Birth?

Coffin birth is as sad, and eerie, as it sounds:  Known as Postmortem Extrusion, it’s the expulsion of a non-viable fetus through the vaginal opening of a decomposing female.  Essentially it’s the result of the build-up of gas, which applies pressure to the uterus, causing it to be expelled, and sometimes turned inside out.  The[…]

Is Exploding Casket Syndrome For Real?

I’ve been asked on a number of occasions if caskets can really explode, or if this is just an urban legend.  Actually – and not so astonishingly when you think about it – it is true. Be forewarned, a somewhat graphic description follows.  If you have a weak stomach, or don’t want to think about[…]

Is Cremation Better?

Many people operate under the assumption that cremation is better.  The reasons they usually cite don’t seem to be so much about spiritual reasons, unless they practice certain Eastern religions, but rather typically include: It is natural, and better for the environment It is less expensive We are running out of land Decomposition is bad[…]

Is Embalming Necessary?

In the US embalming is rarely legally required.   The purpose of embalming is to slow the process of decomposition, however in many instances refrigeration does just as good a job.    Refrigeration can slow the process by days, whereas the embalming process can slow it by weeks.   Here is some basic info: Embalming[…]