I made a comment on a thread a couple of days ago. I mentioned doing an AMA and a lot of people thought I should do one.

Here is proof. http://imgur.com/7941n9k

Here is one from about 30 mins ago we have just finished digging http://imgur.com/s1y9dlr

Also here is the initial thread it started from. http://reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/335on6/what_is_a_really_morbid_question_you_have_always/cqhrv11

Edit: I also do other things involved with the cemetery. It's basically everything outside of the funeral home. We place grave markers, upright markers and everything from landscaping to plumbing.

Edit 2: I may be going to bed soon. I have to be up early. I will let this ama go on as long as the mods will allow. Even if I wake up with 100 questions I will answer them. Thanks for the questions guys. See you in the morning.

Edit3: Awesome! 24 hour AmA!
I can keeping this going if you guys still have questions and if the Mods let it stay open.

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Wiseau_serious41 karma

Do you think that Ophelia, having killed herself due to her madness over Hamlet, deserved a proper Christian burial?

Ugly_Couch55 karma

You're asking the tough questions huh?

But in all honesty everyone deserves a proper burial if that's their wishes.

Also a grave marker. Everyone deserves one. It kind of breaks my heart to still see a plastic temporary marker on a grave after 2 or 3 years.

I_smell_awesome21 karma

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Ugly_Couch46 karma

This. This question I like.

Almost any topping except olives. Fuck you olive. I hate you. That and diced onions on pizza.

I love onions on almost anything else. But on a pizza it's horrid.

Perunamies21 karma

What is the scariest/spookiest thing you have ever encountered?

Ugly_Couch33 karma

Nothing really creepy has happened, but when it's foggy it does look a little errie.

Edit: It didn't happen while I was there but before. My boss said someone slit their throat at their grandma's grave. They had to run over an save the guy.

GHarriott19 karma

Do people have a hard time believing what you do? What is the craziest reaction?

Ugly_Couch30 karma

It was weird at first. A lot of people couldn't grasp that this is my line of work.

My only weird reaction is when I have to walk through the room where the embalming is done. I could do without having to actually see a dead body, even though that kind of is my job. I would like to avoid it if at all possible.

GHarriott9 karma

Thanks for answering.

Ugly_Couch8 karma

Thanks for asking!

SoapPrice5 karma

Wait, why do you have to walk through the "embalming room" at all? The way I see it you are working within construction/landscaping industry and operating heavy machinery, and essentially micro-trenching a lot.

I'm just surprised that you'd have too see anything like that at all.

Ugly_Couch11 karma

That room is connected to the garage Hurst is parked.

It may not be the embalming room, but there are a bunch of warning signs about chemicals and body fluids in and around that room.

We only use that room at the very beginning of the day to unlock the garage. Then we walk through that room again.

TrocarOfDoom3 karma

*Hearse

Ugly_Couch5 karma

Damnit! Oh well guess I can't spell everything correctly.

HacksontheEpic13 karma

Is graverobbing still a thing?

Ugly_Couch19 karma

Not from where I work. But, we do have people take things from other people's grave marker.

They have stole fake flowers from one person and came back to put them on theirs.

Oilfield__Trash10 karma

Lol, what the fuck.

Ugly_Couch10 karma

I have also heard of people stealing flowers to make their own fake flower bouquets and sell them.

Heavy_Medz12 karma

Have you ever had to exhume a grave for the police or such?

Ugly_Couch15 karma

The only thing we do is a disinternment. That's where we dig the vault out. The guys in the funeral home handle the body. We handle the body in the casket.

Threeleggedchicken8 karma

Can you tell us more about this. What is a disinterment and why was it done?

Ugly_Couch10 karma

An internment is the process of burying the casket and vault. So disinternment is the process of digging it back up.

I have only done one disinternment. That was due to a previous employee not doing his job right.

We did that because the father of who was buried thought water was flooding a freshly buried vault.

Other than busting a vault while digging a whole that right beside a previously buried vault, we only would do them for legal reasons or a family chooses to relocate the body to a new cemetery or new location in the park.

clumsy_bicycle11 karma

Have you ever seen anyone going for a jog in the cemetery? Yes, this happened in House of Cards, but I'm genuinely curious.

Ugly_Couch13 karma

Yea, pretty much daily. It's a lot quitter than a park, so I understand why people would do it.

wow200011 karma

Hi thank you for doing this AMA. What is the weirdest ever happened during your work?

Ugly_Couch10 karma

It's nothing that happened in the cemetery, but I watched an old lady run right into a curb that seperated our cemetery from a road that runs beside it.

That was the funniest and weirdest shit I have seen so far.

BigSeth15 karma

It was the cemetery drawing her to it like a magnet, and then when she pulled away the wind whispered "see you sooooon~~~~ Cause you're a terrible driver, not cause you're ooooolllld~~~"

Ugly_Couch8 karma

That is fucking great! What made it perfect was I saw her handicapped tag hanging on her rear view mirror.

hank_hiIl11 karma

Do you get paid well?

Ugly_Couch24 karma

Not really. $11/hr.

miksmerritte10 karma

Why don't you do litterally anything else?

Ugly_Couch29 karma

Once I get the experience of a couple of years or so, and run the heavy machinery longer, I may look for something else.

I have worked in food my whole life. This guy gave me a chance to branch out into a whole new field of work. I'm going to run with it as long as I see fit for me.

miksmerritte7 karma

I'm just saying trades pay a good deal more and carpenters are almost always looking for people in my experience(even if you have none). How old are you?

Ugly_Couch14 karma

I would like to pick up welding as a trade.

I am definitely willing to try new trades. I just want to stay where I'm at for a year or two. Just for the experience and to say I did it.

kippy32673 karma

Come join us at /r/welding! It's fun I promise!

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Sure will. Thanks!

iruhlman10 karma

How do you like your steak cooked?

Ugly_Couch23 karma

Medium rare. Do people it order it different?

amaz999 karma

do you just dig for like 8 hours straight every day?

Ugly_Couch16 karma

I will answer any way. A lot of other things have to be done for a cemetery to look the way they do. Like today. I used a weed eater for 8 FUCKING HOURS!!

We have to do that to each marker because the big lawn mower will tear up the granite and bronze on the markers.

amaz997 karma

Ohhh wow thats pretty interesting, thanks for answering. If you dont mind a follow up question, how many hours do you get per week about?

Ugly_Couch11 karma

Guaranteed 40.

amaz997 karma

dammm, seems like back breaking work.

Ugly_Couch10 karma

It is. Especially when I first started. But, it's better than working 11 and 12 hour days as a corporate restaurant manager that has to drive an hour to and from work.

Perunamies9 karma

Do you like your job?

Ugly_Couch24 karma

I love this job. I am outside all of the time which is the complete opposite of any of my past jobs. I have learned so much here.

Also I feel like what I do actually means something.

mattb109 karma

Did you ever find anything weird or odd in a grave?

Ugly_Couch41 karma

I did find an arrow head while filling in a grave. Since the dirt dug up is naturally the dirt that goes back in, I assume it came from that cemetery.

I didn't keep it though, don't want any cursed native American juju on me.

elbobsterr26 karma

I didn't keep it though, don't want any cursed native American juju on me.

Smart man right there

Ugly_Couch26 karma

I've seen too many movies where bad shit happens.

I looked at it, said "huh, that's cool." And buried it with the vault.

ugisay8 karma

Has this job changed the way you would like to be buried? Or how you would go about it if a loved one died? If so, how?

Ugly_Couch11 karma

I haven't thought about myself being buried.

But, I do know if it was a family member, I would HAVE to be involved in every part of it. It my loved one so I will do it.

jjh19638 karma

You mentioned your workplace has a mausoleum. Are you also responsible for placement post-service? Any miscellaneous liquids you have to deal with inside?

Ugly_Couch18 karma

Yes, we handle those as well. They are much easier to do.

So in one of the mausoleums in a cemetery our company works for... We have to put this plastic tray underneath the casket. Because it doesn't go into a vault. It's to keep and corpse juices from running out of the casket and being soaked in the concrete of the mausoleum.

Well...one time they forgot. When they went to place the next casket in, because this was a space for two caskets, they remembered. The fluids and came through the casket and soaked into the concrete.

Now that entire mausoleum smells of death. Their is not enough febreeze in the world to mask that type of stink.

jjh19637 karma

First, GREAT job with this AMA! Your replies have been outstanding! This is also why I cringe anytime I've ever had to attend a service held in a masoleum. I think you've nailed it - there should be a special corpse-juice fragrance by Febreze.

Ugly_Couch13 karma

Thank you. I will continue answering questions until my little red envelope stops turning red.

I hate shitty AmAs

Invictus_Prime7 karma

Have you ever witnessed any grave robbers, and or malevolent forces rising from the grave?

Ugly_Couch14 karma

Just taking things off of the top of markers.

No malevolent forces, but if the zombie apocalypse starts in either of my cemeteries, it will be ended quick.

TheLoverOfSatan7 karma

Do you have any spooky stories?

Ugly_Couch12 karma

Alright, since I told the throat cutting story, I will tell the other little story. On a side not, neither of these happened when I was there.

So, there was a family finishing up the chapel service. The whole sermon and what not. As they are getting ready to walk outside to actually bury the casket and do the outside part of the service. A guy is standing outside. Almost at the center of the entrance.

This man then proceeds to blow his brains out in front of the family, funeral directors, everybody.

I have no idea if that man was a member of the family or if he decided it was just a good day to traumatize a group of people.

All I know is that I'm glad I was not there to witness it.

elbobsterr7 karma

What are your thoughts on the afterlife?

Ugly_Couch21 karma

I am agnostic. So any thing is possible.

So I just try to be a good person and if their is an afterlife, who ever controls it, will handle me accordingly.

Metalheadjeff4 karma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxDvjWTCmIY Is this one of the many pillars of agnostics?

Ugly_Couch9 karma

Haha, you had to bring south park into this.

But to answer your question...yes, my fridge is packed with only dr. Pepper.

Not delicious Simply Orange, not cranberry juice, and definitely not that amazing Gold Peak lemonade iced tea. I will have none of that shit in my house.

dooshbox6 karma

How do you usually get the backhoe to the plot? Let's say a wife who wants to be buried next to her husband and they bought the plots many years ago, now they're all surrounded by other people. Do you just drive over the others with backhoe?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

Yes. There is enough room though to drive it through the gardens. We just avoid the grave makers and fresh graves.

Nothing will ruin a day quicker than sinking a backhoe up to the axels because you didn't take the time to plan your route before driving through a garden.

NaughtyFred2 karma

Garden. Never has that word gave me chills before.

Ugly_Couch3 karma

Ha, yea each of the seperate sections in our cemetery is a garden.

RizzMustbolt6 karma

Do you have an ossuary at your cemetary?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Oh no, but we do have masoleums.

dildog6 karma

Ever do anyone ?

Ugly_Couch26 karma

Have sex with a corpse? No

Kill someone and bury them my self? I'll plead the fiff

iamelphaba6 karma

Do you ever encounter the families at the graves? Has your job ever made you cry?

Ugly_Couch11 karma

Yes. Most of the time they just need help with getting the vases out of the hole in the marker.

It hasn't made me cry, but it made me uneasy to have to bury an infant that lived maybe a couple of hours.

I did not like that at all.

Darth6am3r5 karma

How long does someone have to be dead before it's considered archeology instead of grave robbing?

Ugly_Couch8 karma

If I would have to guess, about 300 years. And also have a license and degree in archeology.

fk09245 karma

Have you seen any weirdos come to your cemetery?

Ugly_Couch8 karma

Not weirdos. Just weird questions asking about what they can and can't have on and around the grave markers.

"No bitch, you can't build a small amusement park around her marker just because she liked dolphins her whole life."

texancoyote2 karma

What about leaving a 5 pack of beer?

Ugly_Couch16 karma

Then it definitely won't be staying. That shit is coming home with me.

RodolfoMees5 karma

Was it your choice to become a grave digger or you just needed a job?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

I had spontaneously quit my shitty management job and had been out of work for about 2 months.

My roommate's boyfriend is the foreman and offered me the job.

Best decision ever. This job is pretty fucking sweet, all things considered.

Aubrianvil5 karma

Does it ever creep you out? Did it creep you out in the beginning?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

It did at the beginning, now I just see it as a job. After about 75 services it just becomes just work.

Aterisk5 karma

I worked at a cemetery also !!! But I was in the sales side :p what's your relationship like with the sales group at your cemetery (if you have one) and also are you perpetual care or non PC ?

Also strangest work order that's ever been put in for you ?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

There is only one guy in the office I don't like. He always uses "we" when he wants me to something. As in "Yea, can we get some more dirt in this hole". I hate that shit.

I don't know what PC is so, I'm guessing I'm not in that.

We don't get too many strange ones. Just frustrating ones. Like replacing a vase when it's just sitting inside the hole all along. Or level a grave that's already level.

Aterisk3 karma

PC is perpetual care, when people buy plots they pay a percentage of the amount (10%) at mine and it ensure that even if ownership of the cemetery changes that someone will always be paid to take care of it.

Lmfao I know those feels ! We had people come into our office and we'd always walk out and check if the vase was upside down too.

Who's your bronze and vault company ? We used Matthews and Wilberts.

What's your favorite marker ? I was a big fan of the cremation markers for couples that already owned spaces and the ashes went into urns that were also name/dd scrolls. I think they were called cremation momentos (or maybe those were the ones with the pictures in them)

Edit: We had a work order for a disinterment while I was there... That was interesting lol

Ugly_Couch2 karma

We use Matthews. As far as favorite style, it depends on the color of the granite along with the type name plate.

Different colors look good together.

7year5 karma

Interesting job. I'm sure a lot of people overlook that aspect of a graveyard. What is the most disturbing thing you have uncovered or accidentally uncovered?

Ugly_Couch7 karma

The only thing disturbing that has happened, happened in my first week of working. We had to dig up someone who was recently buried because their parents though water was flooding the vault.

falafeldingding5 karma

What was the most touching or interesting thing someone has left atop a grave in remembrance of a passed one?

Ugly_Couch14 karma

On one child's grave there are some toys. Like a train, a small baseball and something else.

Even though I'm supposed to through things away that are not on the marker, I will not touch them. I set them back the way she first placed them on move on.

falafeldingding6 karma

Im guessing it all eventually has to get thrown away, huh?

Ugly_Couch15 karma

It does. But I will not be the one to do it.

Reset1085 karma

What happens when the cemetery is full? Is there any sort of plan in place to add another location someplace else? What happens to the job once the cemetery is full, do you just continue to do maintenance?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

Well both cemeteries I work at have A LOT of undeveloped land. Probably so much that the job won't end in my life time.

But, if that does happen, the company I work for has contracts with cemeteries all across the US and I believe some internationally.

As long as I do my job right I should be fine.

SerinityArrow5 karma

Do you feel sad after foor the family/friends/the person? or do you become immune to the feeling of depression?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

The only thing that really bothers me is, if it is a child or someone around my brothers' ages or my age. They are 16 and 20. I am 25.

Reality hits a little bit when it's someone around that young of an age.

If it's some old person that lived to 80 or 90, no its just part of the job.

ballbag19884 karma

Have you seen Van Helsing, and how would you compare yourself to the grave digger in that movie?

Ugly_Couch3 karma

I have seen the movie but it's been a while.

If you show me a video I will be happy to answer.

I_AMA_IRONMAN4 karma

Who is the most famous person buried at your cemetary? For example, they've got Joe DiMaggio burried at the cemetary where I go to visit my family.

Ugly_Couch9 karma

I honestly don't think anyone famous is buried in either of the cemeteries I work at.

Also that is one thing I can't disclose. Who is buried at the ones I work at.

robertcope2 karma

Isn't that usually public record? Are yours special?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

I'm sure it is, but I was told not to disclose anything about who we bury.

MirrorWithSecrets4 karma

When do you dig? During day / night? Or it depends upon urgency, or are a few graves digged in advance? How does this work?

Ugly_Couch8 karma

We generally do it during the day, the day before. One day for digging and on the day of the service, we make the set up with the tent, chairs, fake grass and lowering device.

Salmon_Pants2 karma

What fake grass?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

It is these big pieces of carpet that we lay around the hole. It looks like fake grass.

SuaveMF4 karma

A few questions please: (1) Do punk kids sneak in at night? (2) I don't want to be cremated but I don't want to be buried either. The only thing I can come up with is asking to be placed in a casket placed upon a stone block in a small mausoleum. The coffin should be able to be opened from the inside (i.e. not locked) and the door to the little crypt should be able to opened from the inside. Can I do this???!! (3) Do you or your coworkers sneak beer/booze while on the job? Are you allowed to smoke? (4) What do you think of the Moody Blues? (5) I saw an old Italian zombie movie years ago where the "gates of hell" were opened when a priest hung himself in a cemetery. Any truth to this? (6) Have you seen any arguments or outbursts at the cemetery? (7) Are you aware most people commonly misspell cemetery (they spell it "cemetary")? (8) How about some advice to someone who wanted to dig up some graves and rob them? How wouldchoo plan it (hypothetically of course)? (9) Couldchoo spend the night locked in the cemetery overnight (cue lightning and thunder)? (10) Do you ever find used condoms in the cemetery or snickers wrappers? How about potato chip bags? (11) You or your coowrkers ever mess up really bad or get bitched out by the boss? - Thanks!!

Ugly_Couch17 karma

First off, holy shit! If I answer all of these this ama will be over. But that's what I'm here to do.

  1. I believe so. We leave at 5pm so I'm sure they sneak down to where our out of site shop is and get stoned.
  2. That is something I couldn't answer from my experience. You will need to find a special type of cemetery for that. And it will be FUCKING EXPENSIVE. Regular burials cost almost 10k.
  3. No one drinks on the job that I know of. I did run to the store before I got off yesterday to buy a 6 pack, but it was 10 mins til quitting time. Yes we are allowed to smoke, just not during a service or around the family.
  4. No idea what that is.
  5. I doubt that has or will ever happen but who knows.
  6. From us, yes, we argue almost everyday. But we do work out in the heat, cold, rain, and snow. It's a hard job and tempers flair.
  7. Yes. 2 days ago when I first posted about this it auto corrected to cemtary. Reddit chewed me out. I learned my lesson.
  8. Good luck, it will take over a day if you try that by hand. Even with a backhoe good luck getting that vault lid off, and opening that casket without the proper tools.
  9. I guess you could. Cops will probably be called.
  10. All the time. First task of the day is to clean the roads and wood lines. It seems like people bring their family and eat lunch, and toss that shit in the woods.
  11. I haven't yet. I say yet because we all mess up. If you bust a vault that is already buried you will most likely loose your job. We have to dig it up and put it in a new vault. That cost the company thousands of dollars.

British-Empire4 karma

How long does it take to dig a grave roughly? Is this done by hand or using machinery?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

Normally between an hour and an hour an a half. When it is a normal burial when use backhoes like the one in my proof. If it is for a cremation burial or infant casket we dig it by hand.

FLGulf4 karma

Does it pay well?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

It starts at $11 an hour.

OfficialMPS6 karma

What can you do to get a rise? Master grave digger?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

My foreman gets paid $18 an hour, so I have something to look forward to I guess.

But, like I mentioned earlier, soooo much goes into the cemetery business.

OrangeLlama4 karma

What's been your favorite memory while being a gravedigger?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Getting the opportunity to do this job. I came from a background of food jobs. I managed a shitty deli that paid well, but I was never at home.

I needed a big change and wanted to work outside. Someone approached me about this job and I jumped on it.

bullshit-careers4 karma

Do you dig with a shovel or machine?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

For normal burials that involve casket vaults, we use a backhoe.

Look at my first proof pic. That's the exact one we use.

Now for cremations, its done by hand with a spade and shovel. Cremations need a smalle, not as deep hole.

CitizenTed4 karma

I'm a little late, but...

Hello, fellow gravedigger! When I was 17 my first full-time job was a gravedigging gig at a local cemetery. This was way back in 1982. I was there for less than a year, but came away with lots of great memories. I blogged about it back in 2011. If anyone is interested, check it out:

I Was A Teenage Gravedigger.

My question, if you are still answering: Do you think the peace and quiet (and low pay) outweighs the noise and irritation of working with living people?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Absolutely. I came from working in food. Have you ever worked in food? The customers are mostly assholes. Here it's just a small group of guys working together. No customers, just us trying to make it to quitting time.

acrazyplayer3 karma

What determines the amount of space in between graves?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

The vault the casket goes in.

But the way we lay off graves before digging is, we measure it out 3'6" wide and 10' long. If the vault is bigger than that, we lay it out accordingly.

Nuevodinero3 karma

How long do you think it would take to dig a properly sized hole by hand? How long does it take with the machine? I was thinking it could be cathartic to make the whole one's self for a loved one. but maybe not if it would take like 10 hours.

Ugly_Couch4 karma

By machine, about an hour or so. It would depend on how many people were digging by hand. Maybe 8 to 10 hours, I'm not sure.

Myksee3 karma

Are there any ghost legends or stories at the graveyard you work at?

Ugly_Couch8 karma

Not that I know of. We also are out of the parks around 5pm. I don't think ghost wake up until 10pm.

ColinZealSE3 karma

Do you have any horrible pickup lines? Like: "One day, i'll dig your grave"

Ugly_Couch6 karma

No pick up lines. I'm married so I don't need them.

But, I do have corny sayings like " I work a dead end job" and " I always work the graveyard shift"

[deleted]3 karma

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Ugly_Couch6 karma

I haven't. But if your phone or something of importance drops in there with the casket, pray the family isn't still around. Once it's broken the horizon, it doesn't come back up. The horizon is considered ground level.

BadFosterMom5 karma

What, what? Why? If the family isn't around what would be so bad about fishing out your dropped item?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

If the family is gone, it's fine. Grab what you dropped in. But with the family around, that's a big no no. My job is all about respect for the family, living and dead.

If it looks really bad if a family member sees you digging around in their dead, loved ones vault.

VTArmsDealer3 karma

What's the most fun part of your job?

Ugly_Couch6 karma

Riding around on tractors all day for sure. That and zero turn lawn mowers. It's a kubota 232 I believe.

You could have an awesome race through the roads in the cemetery road in though things.

VTArmsDealer3 karma

I wonder how icy roads would have to be to drift a tractor...

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Oh we have mud to try that in. Everything will drift in mud.

MrDrflowers3 karma

I've always been curious about this, who pays you? Do people pay rent for the dead people or like does the city take of it?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

The funeral home pays our company because we are contractors. A burial cost around 10 grand for a basic funeral. I assume the plots are fully paid for and they receive a deed for that small plot. I'm almost sure of that part.

casstantinople3 karma

Are all grave sites the same size? ie, if someone had to be buried in a "piano box" would they get an extra large grave, or just have to buy two?

Ugly_Couch3 karma

I'm Sure they would. Grave spaces are 3'6" wide and 10'long.

PastorOFpenguins3 karma

What is your favorite truck in Monster Jam?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

For some reason I feel there is a right answer to this question.

pssychesun3 karma

What is it like when you have two graves next to each other, such as a husband and wife, and you have to dig the second grave? Is there much risk of plunging the backhoe into the first buried?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

There is a small risk. But we probe the corners of the grave we are about to dig. We lay it out, mark it off with paint, and then probe it in 9 spots on the outside edges and middle.

cbpiz3 karma

My father passed recently and is interred in a place where most people put fake flowers in the vases provided. My parents hated fake flowers so I bring him fresh ones once or twice a week. My question is, do they have people that come around and take out dead flowers periodically? I don't see many around at all.

Ugly_Couch6 karma

Yes, that is one part of our job. If the flowers look out of season or they have been out for too long and look damaged by the elements and falling apart.

What I mean by out of season is, if they have Christmas decorations on them and it's almost Valentines day. We throw the old away to make room for the family to bring new ones.

daltsteve2 karma

What do you do when you are not working?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Play videos games. I'm real big into the planetside 2 on ps4 beta. I'm married so husband stuff as well. Play guitar a little. And I love to cook. Just not as a profession anymore.

daltsteve2 karma

Hold on. You were a professor? What did you teach? Where did you teach? Where did you do your graduate degree and in what?

Ugly_Couch3 karma

I'm sorry dude. My phone auto corrected it to "professor"

PLS1022 karma

What is the most depressing thing you've done/heard/read during your job?

Ugly_Couch2 karma

Probably was when I buried a girl that was my age. 25. She had MS and died of complications.
It was a odd feeling. Knowing that I just buried someone my age.

oldbark10272 karma

can i have a hookshot please?

Ugly_Couch3 karma

I have already given it away. If you can beat my ghost in a race though, I will give you the Longshot.

sitri12 karma

Do you have to commonly dig up coffins to increase space when the cemetery becomes too full?

Ugly_Couch8 karma

We haven't gotten to that point yet. We have a lot of undeveloped land that we can use.

I have heard that we have had to dig up one vault and move it to a new cemetery because the family wanted that.

They also paid about double the price of a normal burial for that too.

SilentlyCrying2 karma

How deep do you have to dig the graves?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Normally 4 foot 6 inches. State regulations say it had to have about 18 inches of dirt from the top of the vault.

HenryHenderson2 karma

Have you ever dug graves in a thunderstorm and when a flash of lightning illuminates the graveyard, raised your head back and let out a guttural hysterical scream while shaking your shovel at the sky?

Ugly_Couch3 karma

Holy shit, that would be amazing!
I have not. I would rather not dig during a thunderstorm, but now that you laid out that scenario, I might reconsider now.

redditruinsfamilies2 karma

I have someone I know that might be interested in this line of work.

Did they drug test you?

Do you work overnight shifts a lot?

Ugly_Couch5 karma

Yes we drug test. We operate heavy equipment.

No, we work 8 to 5 normally. We can't really do our job after sun down.

cbpiz2 karma

One more question. When I was at the cemetery last weekend I noticed a big brown metal thing that looked like a dumpster off to the side. When I looked in it, I saw ground. Do you know what it was?

Ugly_Couch3 karma

If you had a picture I could probably tell you. It could be anything from a bin to keep dirt dry when it rains to a bin to store clippings from trees and other things until waste management can pick them up.

cbpiz2 karma

It didn't have a bottom or a top. It was just a square metal brown thing about the size of a dumpster.

Ugly_Couch2 karma

It could be used for many reasons then. We don't have one of those where I work

Casey2341 karma

Have you ever seen the movie Cemetery Man?

Ugly_Couch1 karma

No, I have not. Is it good?

Telanstus1 karma

Have you ever seen a Native American cemetery? if so, what are your thoughts on their burial tradition compared to ours?

Ugly_Couch4 karma

Yes I have. I think they look really interesting. I don't really have any thoughts on their traditions. I feel death to them may have been more of celebration of their life and journey to their afterlife. As opposed to the majority of today's burials which focus more on grief and mouring.