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Church and home overwhelmed with stinky smell, pastor's wife almost throws up

Church and home overwhelmed with stinky smell, pastor's wife almost throws up

above-ground casketThe smell at a small church in Clinton County is making a big stink, particularly upsetting the pastor's wife.

It turns out that the stench is coming from an above-ground casket at the cemetery next to the Central Grove Baptist Church in Albany, Kentucky.

Larry Jones, pastor of the church, said, "My wife came out the other morning and she just about threw up."

The tomb was installed in June and the body inside was never embalmed.

"We began to smell, about two weeks later, a horrendous odor," Jones explained, "and the odor was very much like a dead animal only really worse.  We've basically been prisoners of our home."

Since the smell surfaced, Jones has been trying to get rid of it.  There is no law against above-ground burials.  The crypts are vented and the odor escapes all day long.

A recommendation has been made to the cemetery's board to be more strict about entombment regulations.

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About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • Mriana

    A few days ago we were talking about natural burials or something like that. Obviously the people were trying to do that with this dead person. I think the mistake they made was that they did not bury their love one underground.

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      Yes. The eco-burials are all underground. You'd think the health department would have regulations about this type of thing — it's pretty bad.

      Deborah

      • Mriana

        I was ranting again about extremism just a few minutes ago. This could be up there with extremism too. What is the purpose of an above ground burial anyway? How can the body decompose properly if it's not in the ground? It makes no sense to me.

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