Answer to a Common Funeral Myth!

November 20, 2009
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image I am sure you all have been asked question relating to myths people have heard about death. I found this blog post through @sunset_hill twitter stream. The post answers one of the funeral myths that is the commonly asked “Do your nails and hair keep growing after you die”? Read below for the truth!

A Tisket, a Tasket, a Manicure and Haircut in Your Casket?

You?ve always known that your hair and nails are made of dead skin cells ? or if you didn?t know, you do now. Gross, I know. So it just makes sense that when you die, your skin dies too, therefore making longer hair and nails. Right? Don?t be so sure?

It is a common belief that your hair and fingernails continue to grow after death. With novels such as ?All Quet on the Western Front? citing nails that ?twist themselves into corkscrews and grow and grow,? you might start planning manicures and barber visits to your tombstone years down the line after you have passed.

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So should you start frantically Google-ing someone to tame that mane once you?re gone? Not a chance! Fortunately, this is just one of the many common misconceptions about death. Phew!

Once a body is no longer living, it begins to dehydrate. Your flesh begins to dry up and pull away from your nails and hair. This retraction of skin makes it LOOK like your nails are longer when in fact, it?s all the same length as when you kicked the bucket. What an optical illusion?.

Actual hair growth requires a whole complex set of hormones regulating to occur. All of which cannot regulate after death! Thank goodness we cleared that up?cancel those manicures!

In the spirit of common misconceptions about death, here are a few craaazy superstitions about death you might find interesting?

– If a dead person?s eyes are left open, he?ll find someone to take with him.

– It?s bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.

– Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes. (Hit up that thrift store?ah!!)

Source: Sunset Hill Funeral Home

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