Monday’s Death News
1. Susie Finkbeiner shared this link with me:
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A couple married for almost 75 years died less than seven hours apart from natural causes.
Funeral services are Saturday for 95-year-olds Clyde and Mary Lee. The longtime Lansing residents died March 22 in Arizona, where they had lived the past three years.
Both were 95 and living in an assisted care facility. Their son, Bill Lee, said Mary was in failing health and was expected to soon die. But Clyde’s death of a heart attack came as a shock.
Bill Lee said his father told a caregiver during the night that he didn’t want to watch his wife die. His heart gave out at 5 a.m.
Mary died at 11:30 a.m.
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, this isn’t uncommon. In fact, there’s been psychological studies and books written about this “Broken Heart effect”. In my mind, it’s a beautiful way to die for a couple who has been married for so long.
2. On a less beautiful note, the WWE’s ” The Undertaker” defended his undefeated streak last night at Wrestlemania 28 against “Triple H” in a packed stadium of 78,000 + people.
(Embarrassing confession: a buddy and I actually bought the Pay-per-View. Yes, I need prayer.)
“The Undertaker” is 47 years old and can still run around the ring like he’s my age. Apparently, lifting coffins, dead weight, etc. has been very good to “The Undertaker”‘s body. Hopefully, when I’m his age, my body will look the same!
3. Here is a video that captures necrophilia in nature. The queen ant is being eaten alive by the spider while a couple excited ants are mating with her. You can thank me later.
To read some more details about the video, here’s the link.
4. This incredible article was forwarded to me by “Death’s PR”. Here’s the first two paragraphs from the article:
I once asked a particularly warm-hearted oncologist how he could stand to have so many of his patients die, yet remain so open in his relationships. He revealed that every year he goes into remote areas of Alaska where grizzly bears preside, armed with only a camera. “If a hungry bear finds me out there, the simple fact is that I am lower on the food chain. Each time, I have to get through being afraid. Something comes over me — a sort of recognition — and then I’m good for another year.”There is no difference between this doctor’s exposure to death in the woods and that which threatens his patients. He does all he can for them, but it is in the nature of things that a bear or a tumor will take a life from time to time. Each of us at some point must enter that vulnerability. If we accede to it, rather than recoil, the experience of helplessness will deliver us directly to the sacred.
The rest of the article is well worth your time. Here’s the link.
5. Finally, some death related trivia: Must a dead body — according to federal law — be buried in a vault?