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5 facts about death that you didn't know

7 months ago

5 facts about death that you didn't know  - Everhere Obituary Blog

Death is the one thing in life that cannot be avoided. It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. Despite knowing this, death is still a frightening topic. Because of the nature of the topic, most people don’t know much about death nor do they ever have the chance to learn. If you are one of those people, here are 5 disturbing facts about death that you didn’t know.

Not all bodies decay

Most bodies immediately begin decaying after death and continue doing so until the body is fully decomposed. Some, however, go an entirely different direction. A wax-like substance known as adipocere can sometimes be found on bodies a few days after death.

Adipocere, nicknamed ’corpse wax,’ is caused by the decomposition of fatty acids. The formation of this material has the ability to naturally preserve bodies for hundreds of years.

Those that do decay digest themselves

Your body is made up of enzymes that help with necessary functions, such as breaking down toxic substances and digesting food. When you die, these enzymes turn on your body.

The main reason bodies decompose as quickly as they do is because these enzymes cause your body to eat itself. Almost all of your organs disappear after death due to self-digestion. Those organs that don’t directly digest themselves suffer from the leakage of enzymes from other parts of the body, such as the intestines, in a process known as autolysis.

This digestion causes the body to ’Blow up’

As a body consumes itself, chemical reactions cause a release of gases. These gasses continue to build up as they struggle to escape, resulting in the body expanding in a way similar to blowing up a balloon.

This stage of decomposition is named ’bloat’ for obvious reasons.

Dead bodies aren’t quiet

Dead bodies don’t come back to life, but they sometimes make sounds that can trick nurses and doctors into thinking they do. Bodies are noisy after death for a couple of reasons. Some of the noise is caused by the escaping of gasses in the bloat stage, resulting in squeaky noises.

The other noises, however, are very similar to the sounds an alive person would make. Rigor mortis causes the muscles in the body to contract, including the vocal cords. The tightening of the vocal cords can result in a dead body producing groans.

Death by decapitation isn’t instantaneous

The guillotine used to be the most popular form of execution. Part of the reason this is no longer the case is because humans can remain conscious for almost half a minute after decapitation. Numerous witnesses have watched in terror as body-less heads reacted to their environment.

If the thought of remaining conscious after having your head separated from your body doesn’t disturb you, I’m not quite sure anything will.

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