Friday, October 1, 2010


So, I had a disinterment this week. A family wanted their mother shipped to another state after having been buried here for 15 years. Luckily, her casket is metal, and she had been buried in a full vault, not just a liner (I suppose you'll need a vocab lesson for those), but not luckily the casket was quite rusty, and she's kinda gross looking I'm sure. But you know what is the best part? This particular cemetery didn't make me climb in the hole to inspect everything first. Nope, they just had me show up after getting her out of the ground, helped me put her in the car, and that was that.

See, thus is how it usually happens: I get to the cemetery when they are digging the hole and once they hit the vault they take off the lid and tell me to go on in to make sure the casket is in good enough shape for them to lift out. I have to open it to make sure the bottom won't fall out either. It smells. I gag profusely while the cemetery guys watch. I have to swallow my own puke. It. Is. Gross. The sit I wore that day has to be thrown away, not even the dry cleaner can get the smell off. My hair smells for days. My skin feels disgusting. The odor is in my noise hairs and I can't get it out. It's really bad.

So, this week's disinterment? Cake walk.

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Anonymous said...

Lol! Awesome!
Okay, here's the thing "fluid pusher". I'm a "fluid pusher" in Canada. Every funeral director in the city I work in reads my blog. I must BE CAREFUl what I say. You're blog says everything I "shouldn't" say and I want to direct my readers to follow your writing on embalming. First I need you're permission to post your blog link to my readers!?! I'm sad because I WANT to say what YOU say and I can't...but still want my readers to read about the "behind the scenes" without me getting a lawsuit. Know what I mean? Can I use your blog (link to it?) through my blog?
Yours truly,

Doll Face said...


I'm fine with that.

MattOnFire said...

How often do you have to do disinterments? What does a body generally look like after 1-20 years? Just bones and old clothes or are they pretty much still in tact?
I'm wondering, but I may not actually check back to see if you answer because I don't want to have nightmares.

Jenn said...

Yes, please tell us what the body looks like! Also, how do you get into the hole? Ladder? Isn't that dangerous? I have visions of you tittering on the side of the vault in your stilettos!

IT said...

So that's what the Hokey-Pokey is all about.

Amanda said...

Oh goodness gracious. Gross. You are quite a woman, Doll.

FlyingVchick said...

Love your blog!