After becoming the fatal victim of a shooting, a young Puerto Rico man was waked standing up, as you can see. A little strange of course, since this is not a common practice in North America (as far as I know). Funeral directors can probably tell us some strange stories, and I've heard rumors there are other stories they would never tell us. But do we really want to ask?
Apparently Pedro was a joker, and often commented that he did not want be put in a box when he died that he would rather stand up. So they carried out his wish.
Why not, right? I mean there is really no specific reason why this would be an ill advised thing to do, despite being very unconventional, I suppose.
I'm sure that a few psychologists might ponder whether or not it could cause issues with *closure* for friends and relatives who have to simultaneously accept his passing, and also see him in a position typically reserved for the living. After personally having experienced "bad dreams" after the passing of a close family member, I can imagine this situation could give the brain some really great material to whip up and contort during REM sleep!
But I think the real story here is not the strange way that he made his last physical appearance before family and friends. The part of the story we should pay some attention to is that that this guy was shot and thrown under a bridge. One can only imagine what lead to that. And another off beat observation one might make about this story is that he was noted as talking about what to do in the event of his own death for about 6 years. What was it about this young guys life that had him spending time thinking about that? Sounds a little bit like self-realization of a bad prophecy, not unlike the fated Tupac Shakur, Jim Morrison (who felt most alive facing Death), or even Jesus himself.
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