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it feels like 14 carats but no clarity

The metal barrier separating us from the scorching heat of 800 degrees Celsius gave us a glimpse of what cremation was like. I had to tip toe just so I can actually see the roaring fire swallowing up the body. I don't mean to sound insensitive but it was fascinating really. It reminded me of that last scene from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I almost hoped that someone would break into a musical right then and there.

Visiting a crematorium was unnerving but since it was part of our lecture, I shook off all the goosebumps. I also expected zombie-like people working in there but alas, they were normal beings who does really well in their job. By the way, there's a lot of science and math put into their work. The embalmer lady we met had her gruesome stories to share about the bodies she works on. The photo above is the make up she puts on the deceased to make them look presentable during their service. While the second photo is the cremated remains which will then be crushed to tiny bits to get to the actual 'ashes to ashes'.

It was an eye-opening experience. This had me contemplating all the way home. How chilling and empty it might be to live a life where you have not actually lived. Best to watch After.Life to know what I mean.

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BlueVanilla said...

Totally interesting! very cool!
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AVA T.♥ said...

wow..and i actually wanted to be cremated when I died. Scary process. LOve the detailed photos!

Violetta E. said...

lovely

Rachael said...

I bet that was an interesting experience, you kind of forget all the jobs involved in that "industry". x

Faboulista said...

wow i applaud u for getting through this experience. i would have freaked out if i was in your place. u know what they say though what doesnt kill u only makes u stronger.
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Tessa Kit said...

Love these photos ching! I want to paint again, i love the beautiful colours!

Radiant.MakeUp said...

gorgeous :)
thanks for sharing!! x

Nico said...

ohohhhhhh wow, this is really eye-opening. i haven't been to a crematorium, but it really reminds me of mortality. ugh it's so hard to think about death when life is so full of media that tells us to 'live longer' 'stay young forever' etc. this is a nice post :)

Alma said...

Life is made to be lived!:) Not that much contemplating cause the result is the same...

Jihee said...

Wow this is completely intriguing! Thanks for sharing! I love learning about this kind of stuff. Not to sound morbid haha. But I love learning this that normally we wouldn't know...

v a m p i r e said...

the first time i saw these stuff was when my grandfather passed..not a pretty picture and i dont wanna recall the memory

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