A recent article in the Phoenix New Times
describes Phoenix-based Preserve A Life, a company that specializes in Humidermy... a.k.a. Human Taxidermy. If you can't stand the idea of cremating or burying your dearly departed, then Preserve A Life will freeze-dry and 'mount' them for you. Bring Granny back home and have her on display in the living room. You can pose the body in any position you want: "Children have been posed on bicycles and skateboards, grandmothers in rocking chairs, and grandfathers playing boccie ball."
As I was reading the article, I kept thinking this CAN'T be real, but some of the links mentioned in the article seemed authentic, such as this one to a Pet Preservation Clinic
(and this link to Summum
, the world leader in modern mummification, also seemed real, though it doesn't seem that Summum has had a lot of clients
yet). What finally convinced me that the article was nothing more than an elaborate joke was the discovery that the Preserve A Life website
is registered to the Phoenix New Times itself. But I have to admit, it had me going for a while. I was almost ready to believe that Preserve A Life was real.
Anyway that would make it even harder to get over someone if you saw them every morning.
Similar to stuffed animals maybe? Can't stand them either 😉
Anthropologists used to say that such people had only a weak sense of the reality of death, but it's debatable whether such practices are really all that different from (for example) bringing flowers to the grave of someone who can't see them or smell them.
It's a great idea 😊