Think you could never be buried alive?
Consider these cautionary tales.
sometimes when people are declared dead – it ain’t necessarily so.
As previous generations knew all too well.
That’s why in the 18th and 19th centuries some inventors sought to get rich by selling to the anxious public a marvellous new contraption: the safety coffin.
Upon finding oneself buried alive – as an 1868 patent put it – one had merely to summon help by pulling the cord attached to an alarm bell on the surface.
The Vester Burial Case safety coffin even came with add-ons like a ladder ‘so that should a person be interred ere life is extinct – he can on recovery to consciousness ascend from the grave and the coffin by the ladder’.