The things you end up Googling when you’re an aspiring author, let me tell you.
One subject I’ve had to look up is the various ways in which characters could possibly die, what happens when they die, is it possible to live through something, etc.
Writing about zombies gives you the particular need to know how dead bodies decompose, fall apart, etc.
While looking for such information, I happened across the “Ask a Mortician” YouTube Channel.
It is run by Caitlin Dougherty of the website orderofthegooddeath.com
This lady is the funniest mortician I have ever seen (not that I have seen that many.)
She takes questions about what happens to people after they die – how embalming works, how bodies are cremated, why human taxidermy doesn’t work so well, coffin birth (is it possible for a deceased pregnant woman to give birth to a deceased baby, corpse poop, etc.
Here she is in a video explaining what happens to artificial implants in a body when they aren’t burned up during cremation:
Anyway, just throwing it out there, as an aspiring author I have found her videos helpful and I appreciate her ability to explain emotionally difficult topics with humor.
Check her out, 3.5 readers.
Alas, death comes for us all and though we should do our best to keep it at bay for a long, long time it is good to know that professionals like Caitlin are looking out for the deceased and getting them ready for a proper send off.