Traumatised by dead people.
There was a story in the news today about a group of school children who were caught with "very powerful liquor" on a school bus. Most of them were under 18. The teacher took them to the police station because no one took responsibility. Long story short a police officer took 9 of the students to the mortuary. Inside the pupils were shown many cadavers and were forced to watch a post-mortem. Amongst the bodies they were shown
"The body of an infant who had been burned to death, a man who had been stabbed to death, a person who had been savaged by a dog and someone who was killed in a car accident were shown to the children."
After this they were forced to clean the mortuary. All of this was done as punishment.
Needless to say the parents were furious and attempted to lay charges of child abuse but the prosecutors have refused saying it doesn't quality.
Now this got me thinking, why is seeing a dead body this traumatising thing to - what seems like - most people? I had a rather pointless conversation in the comments which I shall post here
Me - God we have such an unhealthy relationship with death. Showing people dead bodies is something we should be doing. That really shouldn't be considered a punishment. Watching a post mortem should be considered an educational experience, not child abuse.
Phiwe - it's educational if you are a med student! Everyone else has nothing to gain from observing postmortems and looking at dead bodies, and not everyone does either.
Me- Phiwe it is still educational, regardless of use for the information it is still educational. I can learn about geography while being an engineer and learning geography would still be educational despite me not having a use for that geography.
Phiwe - It's not the same, Geography does not tend to traumatise people
Me - That just proves we have an unhealthy relationship with death. The only why we are ever going to improve this is by being comfortable with death, part of that is seeing dead people. Obviously it should be done in a respectful way, but really what I want is people brought up in a way so seeing this kind of thing is not a traumatic experience.
Phiwe - I profoundly disagree!! However, you are more than welcome to take your children to mortuaries
Now I might have over stated my position a little with this being the internet and every thing. Seeing a dead infant that has been burnt to death probably should shock us but I am no expert on such things, although I would say even something like this shouldn't traumatise someone. But am I being irrational in thinking this really isn't that bad and we just have an incredibly unhealthy relationship with death? Would showing people dead bodies help as part of a larger effort to have a healthier relationship with death? Or am I just being totally irrational in both seeing the need for a healthier relationship with death and in how one might approach it? Actually showing someone a body would be like one of last things that I would do, more I was just thinking more communication about death to children, but actually showing people a body I think should be part of it.
TLDR - Is being traumatised by seeing dead people irrational? Should the violence of the death make a differance? Do we have an unhealthy relationship with death and if so would showing people dead people be a good way in a much larger scheme to have a more healthy relationship with death.
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