Are you still dead?

What would you do if someone you cared for died but didn’t want to be buried? What if the deceased believed that they would come back? Would you leave them upstairs in a chair for over 2 years watching TV?

This is what one caregiver did in Ohio according to CNN News.

The mummified body of a woman who didn’t want to be buried was found in a chair in front of her television set 2 1/2 years after her death, authorities said.

Johannas Pope had told her live-in caregiver that she didn’t want to be buried and planned on returning after she died, Hamilton County Coroner O’Dell Owens said Monday.

Pope died in August 2003 at age 61. Her body was found last week in the upstairs of her home on a quiet street.

There’s an interesting video on the CNN page too. The caregiver visited her every day to get rid of the flies and maggots and to turn on the TV every now and again. Nice.

Found via Boing Boing.