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Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Die

PipetteThis is Pipette, a recurring video series that explores big science by women.

I always assumed that when we die, we’re either exploded out of existence, or put on a spaceship and sent to the moon. It turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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For the first episode of Pipette, Jezebel’s new video series exploring science by women, I talked to a number of death experts about what to expect when you’re disintegrating. Dr. Angelique Corthals, a forensic anthropologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, permanently scarred me by alerting me to the fact that cremation and traditional American burial practices are not all that great for the environment—because of all the chemicals we use when preserving our loved ones, our water supply is just littered with body sediment (kind of). But, she assured me, there are other options too—like green burial or the fashionable Infinity Burial Suit. Cute!

So, watch the video above, share it with your loved ones, and make sure to specify in your will that you’d like to be buried inside of a mushroom.

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Produced by Melissa Murray and Joanna Rothkopf.
DP: Lara Aqel
Camera Operator: Carlos Valdes
2nd Camera: Blaine Dunkley and Anthony Marotta
Additional Camera: Phoenixx Flixx
Sound: Sarah Brady Voll
P.A: Zoe Stahl
Opening GFX: Elisa Solinas
Animation GFX: Devin Clark

Senior Editor, Jezebel

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Kate Dries

For more on the death business, I highly recommend Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a half-memoir, half history of death by Caitlin Doughty (of Ask a Mortician fame). It’s incredibly illuminating and beautifully written to boot.