Xueming Tian, from Huangling, Chongqing, a town in southern China, did not want to be apart from his son. So he put his son’s corpse in a freezer for six years. He even had generators to keep the freezer running in case of a blackout.
“It makes me feel as if my son has never left me,” Tian said. “When my wife and I want to talk to him, we can just pull up some chairs, lift the lid and chat with him as if he had never been taken from us.”
According to Tian, his clever son had just started college when they found out his son’s incurable leukemia.
“We were devastated. We visited many doctors, but there was nothing else we could do. I just prayed we would not lose him,” Mr. Tian said.
“When he died, I just couldn’t face never seeing my child again, so we decided to put him in a freezer to preserve his body.”
What’s more devastating is that this is not the first time that one of their kids has died. Mr Tian’s daughter also died after collapsing on a hot summer day.
“After the death of my daughter, I gave up my job so that I could spend more time with my wife and son.”
He also said that at first not a lot of people knew about it, and then rumors started to spread.
“Not many people knew at first what we had done as we did not want anyone to find out. We kept it a secret for a long time. But over the years, the news spread.”
When asked if they will bury him eventually, he said, “One day the time will come when his mother and I can no longer look after him and we will then give him a proper burial, but now is not the time. When the time is right, we will give him the most dignified burial and have a celebration of his life, and invite everyone to pay their respects to him. But later.”