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Woman finds baby son's coffin is empty

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Posted 9/2/17 , edited 9/3/17
omg not spooky baby vampires
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Sad, really.

Though I wish we lived in a world where people didn't place attachment on where exactly the corpse of someone who is dead was placed, and instead cared about the general welfare of the living a bit more. If this baby did have its organs or tissues used for actual research, that is infinitely more good than just allowing the baby to decay underground in a coffin.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where the wishes of emotional family members - often based on religious beliefs or feelings of what is "icky," often decide that corpses should simply be allowed to rot even in cases where the body could still be put to some use. It certainly isn't helping whoever has died, so the only reason to ever preserve a body and not use it for research or harvest it for organs is - essentially - to make family members feel better.

Why anyone would feel better about allowing a body to rot away underground, rather than allowing the parts of the body to be useful to humanity despite the death of a person, is almost beyond my understanding. It isn't like someone who is dead needs their body, after all, so allowing it to be wasted cannot be anything but a selfish wish on behalf of the living.

People are not rational at heart, however. To many, doing the right thing is meaningless compared to making themselves feel better.
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Posted 9/2/17 , edited 9/3/17
tt could be the start of the baby zombie apocalypse
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dichologos wrote:
Why anyone would feel better about allowing a body to rot away underground, rather than allowing the parts of the body to be useful to humanity...


The way situations like this are handled today is that the grieving family is first given an opportunity to find closure by seeing the body and saying goodbye. Then a medical staff member will broach the subject of donating body parts either for testing to improve the chances of other people with similar conditions or for transplant to help specific people with medical problems. The grieving family may then choose to decline and bury/cremate the whole body. While you can argue that they are being selfish, the emotional needs of the grieving family have to be considered as well. Do we really want to create psychological problems and mental health issues by retaining body parts where the family disagrees?

In this case all of the things that would have been done today failed. They showed the grieving mother the wrong corpse then defended themselves by saying the mother had post-natal depression. They carried out a post-mortem examination on the body despite the wishes of the mother (though this still may be done today if the death was suspicious) and obviously held the funeral with little input from the family (the coffin being empty and the name plate on the coffin including a spelling mistake). The woman has then had to fight for 42 years to get answers.

If they had shown her the right body on day one and then told her how her child's life could bring value through organ donation or medical testing she could have found closure and they may still have gained the tissue samples they wanted. Instead we have a woman who has had 42 years of trauma that has never been allowed to heal.
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