Did you know that there are several body functions that continue on even after you die? It may be hard to believe but your body can do continue a couple of basic functions in a span of minutes, hours or even days after death! Here are a few examples you ought to know.


Nail and Hair Growth

After death, skin loses moisture and starts to pull back. This leads to more hair and nails being exposed. Since nail and hair lengths are measured from tip to where they meet the skin, the process seemingly gives the idea that hair and nails persist growing even after death.

Brain Activity


Even after the body has stopped breathing and the heart has stopped pumping, the brain can continue to function for a couple more minutes. It scrambles for nutrients and oxygen it needs, sometimes to a point where it damages itself irreparably. With the help of drugs, the time can be extended up to days. This give doctors an opportunity to save lives but there isn’t always a guarantee.

Peeing and Pooing

Rigor mortis may stiffen the muscles following death but hours after, these will start to relax. That’s when urination and pooing can start to occur. So, considering fetuses also poop even while in the womb, pooping might just be the first and the last thing we ever do in life!

Muscle Movement


Several areas of the nervous system can still stay active even after the brain is dead. Nerves may still send signals to the spinal cord, explaining instances such as nurses seeing reflex actions on dead patients. 


How weird is it to hear moans and groans from dead bodies? Fear not though as this may only be bacteria at work. As gas proportions build up, they will have to leak somewhere at some time. One such escape route is through the windpipe. With rigor mortis stiffening muscles, what results can be pretty eerie sounds coming from a dead body.

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