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Chinese Parents Store Dead Son’s Body in Freezer for 6 Years

Tian Xueming, a father beside the freezer where he has kept his dead son's body frozen for the past 6 years, ever since his son died from leukemia.

Tian Xueming, a father beside the freezer where he has kept his dead son's body frozen for the past 6 years, ever since his son died from leukemia.

From NetEase (1 & 2):

Elderly Parents Have Stored Son’s Body in Freezer For 6 Years

In 2006, the son of Chongqing City Kai County Fengle Street HUangling Village resident Tian Xueming passed away from leukemia. Tian Xueming stored his son’s body in the freezer, and 6 years have passed. Every time he misses [his son], Tian Xueming and his wife will quietly go, with their arms around each other, stand beside the freezer, look blankly for a moment, and then leave. Tian Xueming says his son “in the freezer looks exactly as he did when he was alive. My son is still with me, and has never left.”

Tian Xueming, a father beside the freezer where he has kept his dead son's body frozen for the past 6 years, ever since his son died from leukemia.

September 25th, Kai County Fengle Street Huangling Village, this is the freezer where Tian Qinyuan’s body is stored, where his father Tian Xueming can go take a look at him when he misses him.

Tian Xueming, a father beside the freezer where he has kept his dead son's body frozen for the past 6 years, ever since his son died from leukemia.

15 years ago, Tian Xueming’s 15-year-old daughter passed away from heatstroke. 6 years ago, his son also departed from the living due to leukemia. TIan Xueming and his wife experienced the pain of two funerals within a 10 year span. Gazing at the lonely freezer placed in the corner, Tian Xueming shed tears, “this may be wrong, but the pain of two funerals, my pain, it’s something others can’t understand.”

Tian Xueming, a Chinese father in Chongqing, China who has kept his dead son's body frozen in a freezer for the past 6 years, ever since his son died from leukemia.

Tian Xueming doing some work in front of his home.

Tian Xueming's home in Chongqing, China.

Tian Xueming’s home.

Comments from NetEase:

东方红108号 [网易美国网友]:

My heart feels very heavy after reading this, may they forget the past soon, and bravely face reality!

mzbyyaini [网易山东省济南市手机网友]:

Poor father, jia you, and live a good life.

donkeyg [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

A father’s love is like a mountain, great and mighty.

她是我的国花 [网易北京市手机网友]:

A family of 3-4 children is the optimum choice.

网易上海市手机网友: (responding to above)

Will you not be satisfied until China’s population is 3.1 billion?

网易江苏省南京市手机网友: (responding to above)

Could you understand the sorrow of mourning [the dead]? A family gone like that. And just because China has a large population you would deprive the people of their reproductive rights? Is that reasonable?

kklvsy [网易广东省广州市天河区手机网友]: (responding to above)

[The person behind the first reply] is a good dog, how come you don’t criticize the illegitimate children of the leaders’ mistresses?

网易福建省厦门市手机网友:

Actually it would be better to put his son to rest in the ground. This way if you can’t see him, you’ll also not feel so sad. I imagine each time the old man looks, the pain in his heart gets a bit worse. Seeing his son right before him, yet unable to call him “daddy”! No one can truly understand just how painful it is for you! But you must be strong!

廖真真 [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

I cried, just what kind of pain this must be.

网易广东省广州市手机网友:

Sometimes the reason a person lives is not for themselves.

网易四川省成都市手机网友:

A human tragedy. I can only wish you well.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友:

That’s heavy.

网易北京市手机网友:

So scary…

What do you think? Do you or someone you know do something in memory of a departed loved on that may be seen as weird or unhealthy by others?

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