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Diatribe: Reasons Not To Sleep Next To Your Dead Husband For A Year.

11/22/2013

FeetInBedI have several friends who are quite content to live alone.  They have beautiful homes, they’re happy in their careers and enjoy fulfilling social lives with many different friends.  If the opportunity to date presents itself, they are open to the possibility of meeting a compatible companion with whom they might envision a future.  They happily progress from day-to-day with the highest levels of self-esteem and a great deal of dignity.  They are well-adjusted and happily single.  For them, sleeping alone is no big deal.

The same cannot be said for an unnamed sixty-nine-year-old Belgian woman who couldn’t bear to live without her husband when he died of an asthma attack in November of last year.  Apparently, she was so devastated by his death that she failed to report it and continued to sleep next to her dead husband’s body in their bed until his grisly mummified remains were discovered on Tuesday.  Neighbors never noticed the smell of the corpse and authorities only became suspicious after the landlord claimed the couple’s rent had not been paid since last year.

Sleeping with your dead husband is a bad idea for many reasons, including …

  • He won’t keep you warm.
  • You always have to be the “big spoon”.
  • The wet spot is enormous.
  • Never ending halitosis.
  • Those toe nails!

Of course, this is really a very sad story.  The woman must have loved him very much and she, clearly, didn’t have a support system of family and friends to look after her.  But still, for a year she was able to go about her business shopping for food and preparing meals without anyone noticing that her husband was not only absent but decomposing.  I’ve watched enough episodes of FOX’s Bones to know that it’s highly unusual for something like this to go unnoticed for such a long time.  I’m inclined to believe that someone knew about the situation and was helping the woman to keep it a secret.

As impossible as this all seems, it has happened before.  In fact, just last year a Michigan woman was found living with her boyfriend’s mummified body months after his death.  While she insisted that she kept his body because she didn’t want to be alone, she was later charged with forgery because she had been cashing his Social Security checks long after he had died.  I wonder if she was still sleeping with him.

Both of these women could learn a lot from my single friends.

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8 Comments
  1. Yikes. I have so many mental images flashing through my head. Yet, the odor had to be horrific.

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  2. thedogs'mother permalink

    Ok. I can think of one *good* thing – no more snoring….

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  3. William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” beat them all to it.

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  4. How bad does the rest of the house smell that you don’t notice the stench of a rotting corpse?

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  5. This is just weird!

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