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Angel Pantoja Medina asked to be put in a standing position throughout his three-day wake.  Photo credit: Juan Alicea Mercado/Associated Press.

Angel Pantoja Medina asked to be put in a standing position throughout his three-day wake.
Photo credit: Juan Alicea Mercado/Associated Press.

I saw this today on Caleb Wilde’s Confessions of a Funeral Director Facebook page, and I have to admit, it struck me as a little creepy (and I’m normally not creeped out by corpses).

We have come to believe bodies lying down in a casket is totally acceptable in a wake setting (at least, in the U.S. and other Western cultures). Angel here differs in two ways: He was simply moved 90 degrees into an upright position, and taken out of the casket. I’m trying to figure out what part of this makes it “creepy.” The standing? The “escape” from the confines of a casket? A combination of both? It’s really not that different than what we see at a wake, but in many ways, it’s a lot different.

Is it just because it violates our norm of what’s acceptable at a wake?

What do you think?

 

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