Elin’s friend Anna volunteered her for a quick interview and in the short conversation we learned about the lack of open-casket funerals in Sweden.
Lina Elin Lovisa Gunnarsson
Born 18 June 1991 in Göteborg, Sweden
Blue-green eyes / 163 cm
Favorite Atari game: none
WHEN YOU WASH YOUR HANDS, HOW HOT OR COLD IS THE WATER? IF ZERO IS SUPER COLD AND 10 IS SUPER HOT.
I would probably say 6. [laughs] That’s a really weird question.
WELL, THEY’RE ABOUT TO GET WEIRDER! WHEN SOMEBODY DIES IN SWEDEN, THE FUNERAL IS SEVERAL WEEKS LATER.
Yes, sometimes. It depends. Sometimes they have to find out how they died. When my friend died, it took eight weeks and that’s really long. Because they had to check out what was wrong with him. But when my grandma died, it was about two weeks. So it depends.
IN AMERICA WHEN SOMEBODY DIES, THE FUNERAL IS TWO OR THREE DAYS LATER.
SO IT’S FASCINATING TO ME THAT THEY JUST KEEP A DEAD BODY AROUND FOR WEEKS.
I don’t know how they do it, actually. I have no idea.
WHEN YOU GO TO A FUNERAL IN SWEDEN, CAN YOU SEE THE BODY?
No, that’s not common.
THAT MAKES MORE SENSE THEN.
Yeah, because they probably won’t look as good. [laughter]
YOU DON’T REALLY WANT TO SEE SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN DEAD FOR A FEW WEEKS.
No, really. I don’t think so. It’s not common to have an open casket.