This is in response to the thread about the supposed suicide of a bethelite in 1995.
When I went to Bethel I and everyone else, signed a form stating that "If we died while at Bethel the Wathtower Bible and Tract Society,had the RIGHT to keep our body."
Yes, we thought it strange at the time but as a twenty years old you didn't think much about stuff like that. Besides we were never going to die anyway. 1975 was coming.
I know of two brothers who killed themselfs while at Bethel and two others who tried end their lives. My guess is people have been killing themselfs at Bethel long before I ever got there.
James Olsen killed himself in 1973. They kept his body and it's buried someplace in upstate New York.
So why would the society be so interested in our dead bodies?
Do they want to deal with the extra expense to bury the bodies? No, doesn't sound like them.
Do they want to grind the bodies up and use them for fertilizer. No
But really why?
My guess is legal issues. If someone could prove wrongful death. There could be a lawsuit. We all know how much they like them.
Now, the "form" signing your body over makes perfect sense.
The good Doctor there would sign the death certificate. He state the cause of death and the body is kept.
Other wise why have such a form?