A father in Chongqing has been storing his son’s corpse in a freezer since the boy’s death six years ago.
Tian Xueming, 60, had previously lost a daughter to heatstroke, 15 years ago, and 6 years ago his son, Tian Qinyuan, passed away due to complications of leukemia. Qinyuan, born 1987, began university in 2005. In March 2006 he told his father that he had been running a fever for a month* and wanted to go home.
However, Tian Xueming didn’t realise how serious his son’s health problems were. When Qinyuan was eventually sent to hospital and diagnosed with leukemia, it was too late. After 2 months in a hospital bed, Qinyuan died.
With his wife’s consent, Tian Xueming decided to store the boy’s corpse in the family freezer. He said: “My son looked the same in the freezer as he did in life, as if he never left me.”
Tian’s peculiar burial arrangements had been an open secret in the village where they lived, but villagers say since losing his son the old man’s spirit never recovered and Tian felt that without his son “at home”, he would not have the impetus to carry on living.
*Editor’s note: if you have a fever for more than a month (hell, more than a week), go to a damn hospital.