Friday, September 24, 2010

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

A slightly bizarre question I put before you today...

If you had a set of sheets that were on a bed,
when someone who was in that bed passed away
(not a gruesome death or anything)
would you reuse them or give them away?

27 comments:

Just Plain Tired said...

Now that's something to think about. I think I'd be inclined to toss them myself. At least that's my initial (illogical) reaction.

the fowlers said...

at first i thought, why get rid of perfectly good sheets? i'm not grossed out by it.
then i thought that i wouldn't be able to use them without thinking about that person dying. it might be too hard to keep, you know? emotionally? even if the death wasn't gruesome, it might just be a little hard to let go with a constant reminder.
in the end, i think i'd probably have to give them away.


(p.s. - i was just thinking this morning "you know, shanna hasn't asked any questions lately." yay, a question!)

M-Cat said...

Most def be giving to the DI.

sisterwendy said...

I guess it would depend on if I was hard up for sheets :) I'd wash them really good, then put them on the guest bed :)

Kristina P. said...

I say give them away.

Barbaloot said...

I'm with the first response. It may not be logical---but I'd probly just throw the sheets away.

Missy said...

I would keep them, depending on who it was that died. Not sure, if I would use them...

Honey and Hotstuff said...

Having been in the situation.... the sheets went bye bye!

Mormon Mommy Blogs said...

Ewww.

(does that answer your question?)

~Motherboard

Amander said...

Honestly, it would probably depend on the person, my relationship with them, and how they died.

I could see any of the above scenarios being true for me.

That Girl said...

Honestly, I'd bet I'd use them again. I'm a cheap-o.

That Girl said...

And I should mention that all my sheets are plain white - I'd wash them all together and not know which ones were actually present for the death!

tattytiara said...

Death is rarely... hygienic, even when it's a gentle passing. I'd re-use the sheets for something, like a drop sheet or something, but not for my bed.

Cynthia said...

Nope. Ick.

Funny story- when my Grandpa passed, they took the wrong suit to the funeral home. Instead of Grandpa's suit, they took my Dads! A hilarious comedy of errors followed but Dad did eventually get his suit back. And they dry cleaned it. And he wore it again. GROSS!

Brooke said...

My mom took the sheets and comforter (brand new, mind you) that my Grandfather passed away on, and she has them in her guest room. When we come, she uses the guest room...

It is a great reminder of him though, I love seeing the blanket and knowing it was his.

Funky Kim said...

I took the sheets that were on the bed when my father-in-law passed away and used them as the backing for the quilt made of his clothes that I gave to my mother-in-law.

Leslie said...

I would keep them and use them if they were cute sheets that I liked and needed. Now, if there were any dying related stains - nope.

tiburon said...

Give them away.

Ew.

Teachinfourth said...

It would depend on who it was.

Madalyn said...

I would keep them but they would go in the closet on a shelf. I would not be able to sleep with them every night. I think I would keep them so when I was having a really hard day I could take them out and maybe have a nap with them. Is that weird ?????

Monica said...

This is the exact reason I can't buy things from the DI, Savers, etc. You never know what happened previously.
I wouldn't even take a minute to think about it, they would go in the garbage - the outside one.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Hmm...dead or not, I have a hard time reusing others' sheets. However, we got a bed when we were first married from a deceased lady's garage sale, that's not creepier than sheets, is it? :)

Laura said...

I would totally toss those sheets!! Sheets are cheap, even for a broke-as-a-joke frugal gal like myself.

Tammy said...
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Tammy said...

If they were still in usable condition (no stains) I would wash them, put them in the closet and use them again, probably without it occurring to me that the sheets had any significance. It just now occurred to me that I have slept in the room my grandma died in, in the same bed, probably with the same sheets. Doesn't bother me. It actually makes the room/bed/sheets dearer to me. Death is just another part of life.

muggins mahooney said...

Totally using grandpa's sheets! And his memory foam topper. I gues I have no shame.

Vanessa said...

Wellllllllll. If they were really old sheets, sure give them away. But if they were pretty new, wash them in hot water and no big deal.