WATCH: 10 Things That Happen When You Die

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What happens when you die?

It’s a question we ask as soon as we learn that death exists. While we might not agree about what happens in the afterlife — like heaven, hell, reincarnation, absorption into the Collective Unconscious or anything else along those lines — we can be certain about the science behind death.

Now, to be clear, this can get a little gross. The video at the bottom of this post is fascinating, but if you’re squeamish then this might not be for you. But, if you’re not sure how you’ll do, check out some creepy info we pulled from the video. If that doesn’t freak you out, and you find yourself fascinated by the science of it all, then you should be in good shape.

Here’s the video, followed by some highlighted facts below.

The Creepy Facts

Within three days of your death, the enzymes used for digestion when you were alive begin to eat you. Yep, stomach bacteria eats cells ruptured by increased acidity levels caused by CO2 build-up.

Some other creepy things:

  • Skin cells live on for several days
  • Brain cells die after just three minutes of oxygen starvation
  • Muscle cells survive for several hours
  • Congealed blood causes purple patches
  • Coroners use that info to ascertain the time of death

There also bits about skin turning waxy, the green tint of bacteria taking over, and the way muscles tighten up and can… well… cause some things to happen. But we don’t want to reveal all the info from the video.

So, ask yourself this: Was that easy to digest? (Pardon the expression.) If so, then the science behind the body’s decomposition shouldn’t bother you too much in the video about what happens when you die. Check it out, then follow the How Life Works Facebook page for more fascinating and interesting posts.

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