25 People Who Worked At Funeral Homes Share Secret Confessions That’ll Creep You Out

Grief is a powerful emotion.

And everyone has gone through at least some point in their life. We all see our loved ones pass away and it is just the way life is. However, just because it is ‘normal’ or ‘expected’ doesn’t mean it is any easier on any of us. Even if you know it is coming, it is still one of the hardest things to deal with and I would know. 

However, this is the time when families come together and help each other. And who is the one doing all the hard work so we don’t have to? The funeral homes of course. Their work is really important but they do not get appreciated enough. I mean they have to clean the body, make the body look like it is still ‘normal looking’ and not blue and rotting. 

That is why today we have some anonymous confessions from morticians that will surprise you. You can read them yourself by scrolling below.

Source: Whisper

#1 Buried with a poodle.


We had an elderly lady who passed away who wished to be buried with her poodle. The family had the dog put down and cremated and the ashes went into her coffin. I found that strange!

#2 NSYNC Music.


I did a funeral with all NSYNC music. We [played “Bye Bye Bye”] as the coffin went down into the ground. On request.

#3 Grave Jumpers.


I have dealt with plenty of screaming fights. Casket jumpers are a real thing — rare, but they happen. I’ve seen two in my 10 years of work. I’ve also witnessed fist fights. I got in the middle of a huge screaming match to break it up while eight months pregnant.

#4 Fishing Jacket.


I did a funeral for the Queen’s private secretary’s mother, and it was requested she be buried in a fishing jacket. I was told she never went fishing when I asked.

#5 Hungry for some ribs.


The first time I embalmed someone who had had an autopsy, we used paraformaldehyde and the senior embalmer I was with made a reference to how it was just like putting a rub on meat. It made me think about how I hadn’t had ribs in a really long time.

I got ribs for dinner, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the autopsy the whole time. I don’t eat ribs anymore. Honestly I wasn’t much of a meat eater to begin with, but I avoid it even more now.

#6 Sliding the casket in.


Caskets are massively marked up. Cemeteries charge ridiculous amounts of money for digging a hole and filling it in. The worst is when you are entombed and the cemetery literally just opens a door to slide the casket in.

#7 Six Feet Under.


People expect me to be an elitist about [Six Feet Under], but I think it was really well done. A colleague of mine was one of the mortician consultants on the show, so they took getting the death stuff right pretty seriously.

#8 Pouring the remains in.


I’ve heard of people who jumped fences at night, dug a hole, and poured cremains in. It’s not unheard of!

#9 The embalming process.


I’ve seen two exhumations. One was buried in 1989 and exhumed in 2015. He was in surprisingly good shape and must have been embalmed well. He still had cosmetics on his face, but his legs were bone.

#10 Reacting bodies.


I generally tell my families that we will do our best, but I never guarantee any results until I’m much further along in the process. So many things can go awry, and sometimes bodies don’t react the way we want them to during embalming.

#11 Physical job.


I was surprised at what a physical job it was. Lots of heavy lifting (bodies, caskets, etc).

#12 Old pictures.


Especially with old ladies with wispy grey hair, the family often brings in a picture of when she was 20 and asks for her hair to be done like that! They also fetch clothes that have been put away for years and the person has put on weight since.

#13 Sexist industry.


It’s a painfully stagnant industry. The funeral industry is also stubborn and doesn’t like to hire women. The business is predominantly male and they like to keep it that way. Even though I graduated at the top of my class and had a stellar resume, I was passed over for a guy who graduated dead last.

#14 Old style mustache.


Once I got someone with a huge Civil War-style mustache and I wrote on the embalming report that he died due to ‘complications from time travel.’ We joke around a lot.

#15 Last christmas.


It can get busy after major holidays, but not because people ‘hold on’ for one last Christmas. Believe it or not, families will wait to have calling hours and a funeral so not to upset anyone. I’ve had families that left bodies in the prep room for a few weeks. So to them, it’s better to leave Auntie Sue lying on a table for a while than to upset anyone during Christmas dinner.

#16 Working with the living.


I don’t really get creeped out. I always say that the living can hurt you – not the dead. I’ve [worked with] people of all ages and even family members and friends and never been creeped out. TBH I would sometimes rather work with the dead than the living!

#17 It is just a job, why is it looked down upon from other people?

#18 Just because you are going through something doesn’t give you leeay to act rude towards other human beings.

#19 Honestly, I think everyone would be scared of that. Falling from a 6 feet height into an enclosed space doesn’t sound like fun to me.

#20 As morbid as it sounds, they are just bodies and nothing else. It is not as if they will wake up.


#21 Just because you have seen bodies doesn’t mean you will get scared. Do you ever ask the same question from a Doctor?

Being a mortician means you have to deal with not only bodies but also people who are going through the most painful process anyone can imagine. And dealing with a grieving person is hard work. Because you never know how they’re going to respond and they might even get angry at the tiniest things that appear normal to everyone else.

#22 Honestly, when you love your job, it is fun to talk about it even if people get annoyed at you.

#23 Just because you see a lot of something everyday doesn’t mean you get used to it. Crying just makes you human.

#24 It may not seem like a great job for many people but who do it, feel rewarded for their efforts.

#25 I honestly don’t know what is so shocking about it. I mean it should just be considered a normal job.

#26 There is nothing wrong with not wanting to have children but it should always be a well-thought out decision.

Would you have ever expected these confessions? Do you work as a mortician? If so what are your thoughts on the job? Comment down below and let us know.

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