13 Questions With: A Morgue Worker

Dealing With The Dead

Sooner or later, everyone comes face to face with death. For some though, it is an everyday occurrence. Morticians and medical examiners in particular deal with the dead in a way that most people will never experience. Their reality is that of other people's nightmares and morbid curiosities. To learn more, I sat down with a professional in order to find out what life inside the morgue is like.


HB: How did you get into this line of work?

MW: I have always loved learning about the human body since I was old enough to be read to. My dad would read books about human biology to me as a kid. I’ve also been very interested and intrigued by death. I studied in college using preserved cadavers. I loved the intricacy of dissection and wanted to do it as a full-time job. Upon my research, I stumbled across this role and then went for a job and got it. One of the best decisions of my life, it’s the best job ever; every day is different, and you never know what you’ll find at the door, in the fridge, in the body bag, or in the body itself.