Worst possible way to die revealed by mortician – and you’ve probably never heard of it
A YouTuber has shared the worst possible way someone can die – and there is not a blade, bullet or perilous drop in sight.
Caitlin Doughty is better known as Ask a Mortician to her 1.84million subscribers and posts regular videos about all things macabre.
The LA-based mortician, better known as an undertaker in the UK, told her viewers in a one of her Q&A videos that “bad deaths” across cultures all tend to have similar features.
She added: “It’s tragic and unexpected, a suicide, a homicide, a terrible accident.
“For the survivors, the worst thing could be when the body is never found and funeral and mourning rituals can’t be performed.”
Doughty then went on to discuss the worst way someone can die, reports BirminghamLive, and it is by an ancient torture that most people have probably never heard of.
But the Persian method of scaphism, also know as ‘the boats’, sounds like a truly horrific way to bow out.
She said : “First your body is stripped naked and you’re put between two hollowed-out logs with your head and limbs sticking out.
“Then they pour honey all over you and force you to ingest honey which attracts insects.
“Then they leave you in a stagnate pond to be slowly eaten – but they come back every day to forcibly feed you more milk and honey so you don’t die right away, eventually succumbing to exposure, dehydration, shock and delirium.”
The cruel idea was to ensure that the victim suffered for as long as possible while still alive, slowly dying over a few days or even weeks.
This unusual form of fatal punishment was believed to have started around 500BC and was reserved only for the biggest of crimes such as murder and treason.
A reference to it was even made in William Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale.
Elsewhere a funeral director told her TikTok subscribers what it feels like to embalm a family friend on a video post.
A teary Eileen Hollis said: “I came here to do what I’m gonna do and I’m gonna do it and it’s gonna be an emotional journey.”