From the first mysterious beginnings of life on our planet to the timeless repetitions of death and rebirth, the natural cycles of decay have been an integral part of our continued existence. And yet as time progressed and modern civilizations emerged, our enduring fears and misgivings about death compelled us to seek increasingly odd interruptions of this process, culminating in the practices of the modern funeral industry, where curiosities such as embalming, lead-lined coffins, and corporate “death care” interests now fuel a billion dollar industry.
And then I saw all three of them down in Shady View Cemetery, only they weren’t lying side by side in their graves like they were supposed to be. Instead they were above the ground piled one on top of the other like stacks of hot cakes. I looked around and saw that everybody else in Shady View was the same way. Nobody was rotted away or anything, they were all just lying there one on top of the other like they were still alive, only they weren’t. They were dead all right, only it was like they’d forgotten how to be dead and nobody had seen fit to come along and remind them….