I've always been fascinated with mummies - its incredible to see how the pharaohs have been preserved for thousands of years. You can literally see their facial features. And the treasures that were buried with them are such a testament to the richness of the times. However, being mummified really hasn't been practical for hundreds of years.
In college, I used to love visiting cemetaries. Reading each tombstone - with a name, date and description of a person - always fueled my imagination of different places, times and experiences. But space again is becoming an issue, and the embalming process has chemical and environmental issues. This article that I read yesterday, Embalming Might Keep You Looking Fresh at Your Funeral, But Do You Know What It Does to the Environment?, inspired me to write this blog. It asks the question do we really need to disinfected, preserved, cosmeticized and deodorized after death. Fascinating to think about - we are dead after all.
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