Dream Interpretation: Corpse
by Shinelle S
Visitor's Dream: 'Last night I had a very strange dream. I was a younger version of myself, a student, and on an excursion with a bunch of other young people. The excursion was to a something like a funeral home, where a young woman demonstrated how to do something with a corpse. It was not an autopsy, but it was something like putting a stencil over the corpse and then tracing these lines in a certain way over the whole body.
After we all had a go working on the same corpse, the instructor told us that she usually did this job in the nude for ease of movement and also so that the smells in the room didn't get absorbed into her clothing. She said she had done so many of these that she was completely at ease with it - and didn't even think anymore about being naked whilst doing it.
On the way back to campus in the bus, the discussion centred around doing this job in the nude and especially the girls, including me felt strong resistance to it. One girl said that it was bad enough to work with a corpse, but having to do it in the nude meant she had to start dieting and working out as well. Someone else attacked her for saying that, and I said it was the combination that I found offputting ~ firstly having to work with a corpse AND doing it in the nude. Someone else asked if I would do it for a few years for a lot of money so that I could retire afterwards and I still thought it was too much of an ask.
The feeling I had in the dream was a strong aversion. I couldn't understand how someone could be so at ease with something that I found so unacceptable.'