What Happens To Your Body After You Die?

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Clinical death occurs when vital functions cease and the brain stops receiving oxygen. As blood circulation halts, the body turns pale, a condition called pallor mortis. And at around eight hours after death, algor mortis—a rapid cooling of the body—sets in.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Cells continue to generate carbon dioxide even after the body stops breathing and receiving oxygen. 00:18

  2. Microbes that attack dead human tissue produce more than 400 gases and chemicals. 00:47

  3. Once a body is decomposed, it returns its nutrients to the soil, where plants and other living things thrive off of them. 01:31