I’ll let you in on a fantastic secret: the best method for preserving a dead person is to cover the body in dust before sending it away. Yes, really. No, it can’t actually preserve the physical body anywhere near as well as modern chemicals…you’re thinking about this too much. Let me start over.
Have you ever walked into an untouched room years after you and it have fallen out of love? You push the door open, reluctantly, as if to be polite to those residing within despite your knowledge of the room’s vacancy. Stepping within, surveying the scene without really seeing the props, an unmistakable waft of acrid air will float into your nostrils as you attempt to take in oxygen. The elegant but unobtrusive light fixture will have been dead for at least 15 years, and you have no idea where the light switch is anyway. Pulling the window shade up, you can watch as the sun speeds through the glass then struggles to make its way to the floor, finding the fast route through the billions of particles of which the room’s haze is comprised.