What happens to our bodies after we die?
When the heart stops beating and there’s no more pressure to push the blood through the body, so the blood settles into whatever part of the body is closest to the ground. Without red blood cells in the capillaries, the skin becomes pale and appears waxy.
Then, about 8-10 hours later in the state of liver mortis, the part of the body where the blood has settled starts to discolor into a pink and then purple-red color. The are will blanch when touched with pressure, but it will eventually fix into place and stay there even when the body is moved (usually about 10 hours after death). The stain will darken until the internal rot discolors the entire body.
The eyes will flatten and the extremities will start to turn blue, all while the body’s temperature cools at about 1-2 degree an hour.
The muscles relax and then stiffen into rigor mortis. Rigor mortis generally shows in the face first, and then spreads from the smaller to larger muscle groups, until the lower limbs are stiff. After about 1-3 days, the body relaxes again as the muscle fibers decompose.
Bacteria multiplies within the body, breaking out of the intestinal walls and slowly putrefies, causing a greenish discoloration over the right-lower abdomen and a reddening around the mouth and nose (caused by lung decomposition).
The bacteria then travels through the circulatory system, making the face swell, discolor, and become unrecognizable. Discharge comes out of the nose and ears, and the skin will start to turn shades of green and black.
The decomposition spreads and a foul odor develops.
The bacteria in the body produces gases that bloat the body to nearly twice its normal size. The bloating causes the tongue and eyes to protrude and the lips to curl, revealing the teeth and gums.
The skin blisters from the gases, and then the blisters burst and the skin detaches in sheets. The internal organs break open, and the liquifying organs start to discharge from all the orifices in the body.
The hair and nails do not continue to grown; hair can actually be pulled out in clumps and the nails fall off.
These basic traits actually fuel the vampire stories.
- The creepy smile with the lips curled back, appearing almost like a snarl
- The red stuff around the mouth.
- A coffin filled with blood and liquid.
- “New” skin revealed when the hair and nails fall out.
- Receding hairline, as the hair falls out gives the appearance of hair growth.
- The disappearance of rigor mortis and the body’s flexibility, allowing them to get around and out of the grave.
- Bloating causes the body to shift, giving the appearance the body is getting in and out of the coffin.