I saw this on MyHeritage today – Buried Alive! Families that Lived to Tell the Tale: https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/10/buried-alive-families-that-lived-to-tell-the-tale/. The article is a lot longer, but went with some highlights. Used to be a common occurrence before the advent of modern medicine and techniques.
By Esther October 29, 2020 Holidays
Zombies are synonymous with Halloween. Dead characters that escape the grave to haunt civilization seem like quite a far-fetched tale, but it’s closer to reality than you may think. Throughout history, there have been recorded cases of people being buried alive. The MyHeritage Research team dug deeper into these tales to learn more about the folklore, the stories, and the descendants of the individuals who were lucky enough to escape to tell the tale.
Burial alive was a topic of interest in past plague laden generations, due to the fact that it actually happened! People fell victim to epidemics of plague and other diseases that sometimes made living people appear dead. At the same time, it was in the public’s best interest to bury those “dead” people as soon as possible and prevent the spread of disease.
Before his death, George Washington requested that measures be taken to ensure that he was really dead before he was buried: “I am just going! Have me decently buried, and do not let my body be put into the vault less than three days after I am dead.”
In 1915, a 30-year-old South Carolinian named Essie Dunbar suffered a fatal attack of epilepsy — or so everyone thought. After declaring her dead, doctors placed Dunbar’s body in a coffin and scheduled her funeral for the next day so that her sister, who was traveling from out of town, would be able to pay respects. When Essie’s sister arrived, she was too late to see her sister one last time, and she insisted that her sister be dug up, so that she could pay her final respects. When the coffin lid was opened, Essie sat up and smiled at all around her. She lived for another 47 years.