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Letters from the week of 5 - 11 February 2017

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Of Bodies and Things

I read with interest your piece about the "Body Worlds" exhibit. A number of years ago this exhibit was put on in Toronto. My wife and I went to see it and had far different reactions. I, as a Hospital Chaplain, found it to be distressing. So much death, suspended in odd scenes depicting many stations of life, overwhelmed me with grief. While what my wife saw at was a brilliant exhibition of the wonders of the human body. Perhaps it is because of my life profession as a chaplain, which is often called to be there in the final hours of life and as a priest who conducts a funeral on behalf of a grieving family, that I was distressed with this exhibit of death caught in suspended animation. I have, as part of my chaplaincy training, observed operations and post-mortems, viewing such with a sense of awe and wonder. Yet, Dr. Gunther Von Hagens plastination of corpses in poses from archery to dance, did not evoke awe and wonder but much grief for these bodies suspended in time, failing to return to the dust from whence their lives were fashioned.

Donald Shields
St. Thomas Brooklin (Whitby)
Whitby, Onario, Canada
5 February 2018

 

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