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12 August 2010


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Very interesting. Your view (which I believe to be correct) is also supported by our Catholic veneration of relics, especially "first class" ones, which are actual body parts (hair, bone, etc.). We wouldn't do that for "shells".


Whenever I "prepare the body" at work (quotes because I'm not sure what the right term is for washing the deceased and making them look nice for the family etc), it always occurs to me that the person was once an infant, just born, being washed and prepared in a similar way. There's something pleasingly symmetrical about this. In my opinion/experience the humanity of the deceased is no less for their being dead. In fact I will reveal myself as a Crazy Person and admit that the whole peri-mortem period is one of my favorite parts of being a nurse.

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