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mdin
03-17-2009, 12:00 AM
I'm 15 years old, and we're the only two in the house. No foul play involved, I believe. She up and died from drinking way too much, just like my dad said was going to happen one day.

As I run to tell the neighbor, something VERY BAD happens. This is completely (I believe) unrelated to my mother dying. As a result, a day passes, and I've told nobody. Then another day passes. I start to feel like it's too late to tell anybody, so I don't.

It's very hot outside, and there's no power.

I'm curious. How long before my mother starts becoming an unholy, gooey stink bomb? A couple hours? A day?

Also, are there any studies/non-fiction/well-handled fictional accounts out there about similar situations.... where loved-ones die and a person does nothing about it? You read it about this happening enough that you'd think someone has talked about it. But I'm coming up empty.

anne_marie
03-17-2009, 12:39 AM
Also, are there any studies/non-fiction/well-handled fictional accounts out there about similar situations.... where loved-ones die and a person does nothing about it? You read it about this happening enough that you'd think someone has talked about it. But I'm coming up empty.

Not sure if this will help much but I recently watched a movie called "Khaled". It is about a young boy whose mother dies and at first he doesn't understand and tries to go on with life, school. If you watch it you could make a timeline of what happens (decomposition wise) to the mother. It is a very good movie, very moving. I think it might be a Canadian movie.

2Wheels
03-17-2009, 01:12 AM
Unfortunately mum's going to smell from the get-go, as sphincter muscles relax at death and there can be a certain amount of intestinal/bladder 'spillage' as a result. If it's very hot the body's going to start bloating within a few hours as the anaerobic gas producing bacteria in the gut go to town. Doesn't take long for them to produce strong odors.

Don't forget the effects of rigor mortis either - onset within a couple of hours, gone by about day 2 roughly.

mdin
03-17-2009, 01:31 AM
Hey! Someone edited my title.

Thanks for the answers so far.

HoraceJames
03-17-2009, 05:38 AM
Probably more than you wanted to know:

http://www.deathonline.net/decomposition/decomposition/index.htm

Ms Hollands
03-17-2009, 12:46 PM
Ewww:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7669625.stm


Money inspired?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4333379.stm


Just a bit strange:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4308306.stm


Ahhh, THIS is the one I was thinking of:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/4365186.stm

mdin
03-17-2009, 07:21 PM
Ahh, my mother and I thank you both. Very helpful.

RJK
03-17-2009, 08:04 PM
About the spincter letting go, true, but there has to be a full bowel for it to empty. Go to this (http://www.deathonline.net/decomposition/decomposition/index.htm) site to get a good overview of the stages of decomposition.

As an aside, your MC would have to be several cards short of a full deck to allow anything to divert him/her from notifying somebody about the death. I'd be throwing the book across the room (or at least quietly setting it down on the 'For Sale' pile).

smoothseas
03-17-2009, 08:41 PM
As an aside, your MC would have to be several cards short of a full deck to allow anything to divert him/her from notifying somebody about the death. I'd be throwing the book across the room (or at least quietly setting it down on the 'For Sale' pile).

In total agreement with the above.

Unless there's a believable reason - not one that I necessarily would agree with as being valid - but a BELIEVABLE motivation for keeping silent.

I read not to long back, about a couple (in TX?) that walled a deceased mother in the attic - the reason - to continue recieving her Social Security checks. The woman remained entombed there for 8 years before it was finally discovered.

I'll bet that there's others, and maybe some fellow AW'er will contribute to the list.

Ms Hollands
03-17-2009, 09:18 PM
I'll bet that there's others, and maybe some fellow AW'er will contribute to the list.


Err, yeah: the four links I posted were for this very reason: people who live with dead people for different motivations.

mdin
03-17-2009, 10:55 PM
Thanks for the additional answers.

As for the reason... I want to tell someone, but there's nobody to tell. The police and hospitals and rescue are all preoccupied with the supernatural VERY BAD thing that is happening, and even if I did tell them at this point, they wouldn't do anything about it. All the neighbors are gone at the moment. They will return, but a few days will have passed by then. By that time, most of them will have dead loved ones of their own.

StephanieFox
03-18-2009, 08:30 PM
You'd have to throw that couch away. Eewww.

Horserider
03-19-2009, 05:16 AM
Hold on my 15-year old brain is trying to wrap itself around this concept.

Her mother is found dead on the couch one morning after drinking herself to death, and the 15 year old daughter and father do NOTHING? Do I have this right? My brain says that would be freaking out time and call 911 in a panic. But that would be my reaction.

...Well that's a strange premise for a story. Not that's a bad thing...