A recent Close to Home cartoon may hit a few folks a little too close to home. A guy is in the casket, but he’s not dead yet! Although the assembled are sobbing and walking away, he’s sitting up, saying, “Uh, Hon? Guys? I’m feeling much better. Really… Yoo-hoo!…”
There’s a really scary movie called After.Life about a young woman being prepared for her funeral after a terrible automobile accident. She wakes up and argues with the funeral director (eerily played by Liam Neeson) that she’s not dead. He tells her, “You all say that.” You don’t know through most of the film whether she is actually alive or not. Plus you wonder whether the funeral director has a gift for transitioning the dead or intends to bury her alive.
This is why the Victorians had ingenious devices that allowed the recently-buried to pull a string that would ring a bell above ground, should they wake up and find themselves six feet under. This is where we get the phrase, “Saved by the bell.”