Speed of Decomposition
November 15, 2009 8:41 AM Subscribe
The first dead person I ever saw was my grandmother in 1964 at the age of 8. The image of her beautiful face in the casket has haunted me all these years. I have often wondered with the passing of the decades how she would look at various times. What is the speed of decomposition with an average embalmed body. What happens in 10 years? 25 years? After 50? We have seen horror movies but what is the actual look after a few years?
I know it is ghoulish, but it has been a recurring question of mine for many many years. Anyone have a good idea?
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