What Really Happens To Your Body After One Year In A Coffin

What Really Happens To Your Body After One Year In A Coffin


Humans often cope with death by disguising
it as life. Perhaps the most glaring example of this is
the open-casket funeral, when humans go through the effort of dressing up a dead person and
laying them in a giant jewelry box with plush lining, almost creating the impression that
they’re sleeping. “It’s just an open coffin. I can’t believe they just leave it out here
like this.” “George, it’s a wake.” “Awake? Brenda, it’s a miracle! I thought you were dead.” However, as time passes, that sleeping beauty
will undergo some drastic changes. Here’s how your body might change after a
year of eternal beauty sleep. Death waits for no one, and it certainly won’t
wait for a corpse to get gussied up before your body starts to break down. The first organ to go is your brain. After spending its whole life trying to keep
the rest of you alive, in death your brain does the same thing in much more dramatic
fashion. As detailed in the book What We Leave Behind,
your brain cells will start breaking themselves down in a process called autolysis. This begins after just four minutes of oxygen
deprivation. According to Scientific American, during autolysis,
carbon dioxide ruptures your cells, which in turn release nutrients that fuel bacteria
and fungi. It’s these organisms that help liquify the
brain. Of course, the timing of all this depends
on temperature. Cold temperatures delay the onset of autolysis,
which is the reason why people who have drowned in freezing water can sometimes be resuscitated. What We Leave Behind observes that in this
scenario, your brain goes into a hibernal state instead of outright dying. So, theoretically, if your brain had thought
of doing this in warmer temperatures, it could have stayed alive longer, giving you a chance
to survive, too. However, once a human brain finally turns
out the lights, things will start getting pretty funky. As Business Insider describes it, the fluid
in your brain cells will leak into a puddle all over your final resting place. So, keep that in mind before you spend thousands
of dollars on a top-of-the-line casket. “The lid is titanium steel, its lined with
mink fur, and it comes with free wi-fi. It’s what Pop-pop would have wanted.” Moving on from the brain, let’s get inside
what’s happening to the rest of your body. The bacteria that typically aid in digesting
food start feasting on the only thing it has left to eat…you! Hours into the process, they will eventually
chow down on your gallbladder, unleashing a yellow-green bile through your body, altering
its hue. As hours turn into days, your body will start
swelling and releasing some horrible substances. According to Scientific American, your corpse
will emit a “bewildering array of more than 400 chemicals and gases.” And, as you might have guessed, anyone within
sniffing distance should use any means available to avoid inhaling these fumes. About three or four months into the process,
your blood cells start hemorrhaging iron, turning your body brownish black. Soon your cells lose their structure, causing
your tissues to become “a watery mush.” After a little more than a year, your clothes
will decompose because of exposure to the various chemicals your corpse produced. And like that, you’ve gone from being a sleeping
beauty wearing your most beautiful ensemble to a naked mush of decomposing, toxic goo. No matter how peaceful your death is, you’ll
never have the chance to rest in one piece, and this is thanks to the disgusting magic
of decomposition. But under certain circumstances — particularly,
if your coffin is kept above ground in a mausoleum — the rest of your pieces could be flung
everywhere as your corpse explodes in a horrific blaze of glory. Josh Slocum, executive director of Funeral
Consumers Alliance, explained to Vice that… “The casket becomes a literal pressure cooker. It reduces the body to a disgusting chunky
brown slurry.” And when that pressure reaches the coffin’s
tipping point, you have corpse juice spilling out all over the place. Slocum noted that there have been cases where
this pressure is actually powerful enough to blow that little square off the front of
a crypt. Slocum likened it to leaving a tupperware
container full of meat in your fridge for too long. After all, at the end of your life, you’re
basically just a giant meal for hungry microbes. Of course, if you don’t want to slowly rot
away like a rancid sandwich, there’s always another option… “I do have this coupon for a cremation.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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7 thoughts on “What Really Happens To Your Body After One Year In A Coffin

  1. I like how they’re forgetting 1 important thing. In modern times we are buried in concrete vaults with dirt on top of them that way the ground doesn’t sink in. With the lack of oxygen wouldn’t we just get to a certain point of decomposition and stop?

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