After hours — Just A Mouse In The House

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What could be a more dramatic opening for a ‘mortuary’ blog than the spooky setting of a darkened, quieted, and mysterious funeral home? We don’t know. But, it sparked your interest, didn’t it?

This blog is a journal of sorts, of a mouse who is a solitary soul dwelling within a mortuary. Naturally, you may ask, how it is that a mouse somehow transmits any intelligible information, much less communicates these thoughts to become a published journal?  And assuming such a fantastic feat could actually take place in the real-world, just who is the receiver and transcriber of this data? And WHY for heaven’s sake should a mouse bother, even?

Wake up, kids! It’s the INTERNET! Anything is possible right here on the Internet, RIGHT?


Morguie wants to speak to those readers who have more care and concern for simple day-to-day life and the underlying events which unfold for the humans encountered in the journal’s entries. Morguie’s perspective may be taken seriously, for further thought, and perhaps deeper reflection so that the reader may see some pearl of inter-personal wisdom or a glimmer of grace, humor, hope, forgiveness, or even a glimpse of the reader’s own soul. He prefers to speak to your inner-child, who is without judgment, and of the thought that anything can be possible. He’ll happily accept anyone who will fairly give him a moment and a chance. Actually ANYBODY with a bit of stale bread …

  Nothing in his entries is ever meant to be offensive, zealous, vitriolic, syrupy, patronizing, bloody gross, smelly or made with any disrespect or indignity. But sometimes, well…hey, yeah, death gets a bit…UNpleasant.

SOMETIMES, the posts MAY CONTAIN crackers, peanuts, and other edibles…the state made us put that in due to the food allergy rules.


  And if DEATH, the topic*, should cause you some discomfort and feelings of terror, he won’t mind if you leave the room, um, er, now. We recommend you stay, because, hey, you might just like us anyway!

 If that leaves just those with a healthy curiosity to the reading audience, Morguie says, “Welcome! Come On In!”

 CJ just happened to cross paths with the mouse, in much the same way as anyone might. It was the strange compassion within CJ, who had been tasked with the effective and permanent disposal of Morguie, that caused the wretched creature to be spared. This reprieve came with a condition: the mouse must take extraordinary care not to be seen or heard by the humans coming and going from the building. Failure of the mouse to uphold his end of the deal was surely cause for execution.


CJ, in turn, would keep the mouse and his journal alive in hopes of creating something good to share with others. Morguie ‘s real worry then, being detected. CJ’s hands would be tied if he were to get careless. Yep, the dreaded guillotine of the famous snap-trap or even worse, Chester, the housecat, predator in charge. Bye bye blog.


So, if you will kindly indulge him, allow Morguie  to introduce himself, and tell you a little about how he came to dwell here, in this old funeral parlor…

*We tossed that line in because we really don’t know if you “caught onto the idea” yet with the category, tags, clever blog site title, or other clues we’ve left lying about, so far. 

 never say never because that would limit our imaginations and stunt our thinking, which we are vehemently opposed to.

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5 Responses to “After hours — Just A Mouse In The House”

  1. Thanks for the like on my travel blog, which happily led me to yours. Love your stories of life in the morgue. I was once invited to the grand opening of a hospital morgue.


    • Well, thank YOU for stopping in to see mine. I am glad you found something interesting here. I fly by the seat of my pants here — never am sure where it will lead me. For instance, my most recent post, which many thought was a real kick in the pants! 😛 I shall look forward to reading more of your posts, as well. Don’t be a stranger, now…do come again!

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  2. I’m fascinated… I want to read, and read, and read more. How very interesting. I am open-minded, and have a healthy curiosity, and I’m not afraid of reading about death. Your blog is wonderful… I’m very glad to have found it … so different, special. I look forward… :)))


    • I am brand-new at this blogging thing. I was going to publish it all in a book I have been working on for years now…it seems I may never get around to doing the book, so I thought I’d see what kind of readership I might be able to gather with this thing. I am pretty amazed that I have had 120+ views in less than a month. Did you know that most of the stuff I write is based on actual true events? “The Poker Game”, “Slumbering Pallbearer”, “Groundbreaking”, and “Quiet Hour” episodes really happened…lol, truth IS stranger than fiction! Just last night I came across the term for the type of writing style my blog-genre is: creative non-fiction! So glad to know that there is a name for this oddball style I decided to go with…I could have gone the route of ‘1st Person Narrative’ or whatever, I suppose. Strangely, since I have been a “MorgueMouse” the concept of writing an account of my experiences as an Embalmer / Cremationist / Cemeterian / Funeral Director using the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ approach/voice as in the character of the little mouse seemed to be the best way to tell stories. You see, because I believe my work in funeral service was “sacred” in so many aspects; most especially the genuine trust given to me by the families I helped. In order to keep them perfectly protected I had to ‘fictionalize’ the names, places, exact detailed aspects so as to preserve trust, dignity, decency, and the personal pain of surviving family members. So far I am able to keep a sort of continuity going, and hope not to get boring or tedious as I do this. I would really appreciate any critique or input from you, if ever there is something you see I could do better or more appealing to keep reader interested. I mean that! I will also close with a gentle caveat: since not EVERY story will have the ‘good’ or ‘light’ ending such as the episodes have featured, there will be those that cannot avoid the very sadness and tragedy that Death often involves. Be assured that the stories are imparted with this author’s very real compassion and personal feelings of utter sympathy and empathy. I will tell you that I have had to work on such incredibly difficult cases, that some of them had me in tears from start-to-finish, and even now, years later, feeling profound grief. Most were complete strangers to me. But while I knew nothing about them personally, I considered each to be an angel in his or her own right as they lay on my table. After some extraordinarily disturbing cases (usually children who were murdered or people who were the murderER) I tried to keep from learning this about them until I was finished preparing their bodies…learning the exact manner and cause of their demise only upon placing my signature on the death certificates. I felt I could not be biased or indifferent if I did it that way. It was what gave me the heart and spirit to treat each person as I would have my own Mama or Daddy treated. More often than not, though, my excellent training gave me expert knowledge to be able to identify visually the pathological or other external causes of death, and some of the most subtle signs which gave me the instinct and guts to contest some of the doctor’s or coroner’s officially stated causes. I have been known to make some of them fear me for the attention I brought to their incompetence or uncovering truth they’d hoped to keep quiet. So just know where my heart and soul truly are as I tell these stories. I threw the cat in for some depth of the mouse’s character. There are the elements of pure fiction like the cat-and-mouse parts, but that is by both accident (because I really never know where the story will go from one day to the next) AND break up the stories with “other” stuff to keep reader from getting burned out, etc.
      Sorry this reply went on ‘rambling forever’, lol, ;). Thanks for following and enjoying my debut effort so far. It means so much to me that you said so!


      • Oh, CJ… I’m in for the ‘ride’… you have hooked me… :))) I’m so curious, so interested in reading. I hope you never stop. I look so forward. In my mind, my thought is: ‘this is wonderful!’

        I’m going to be your #1 Fan! :))) I just love the way you are approaching your story… I like Morguie… you definitely have my attention. I know so many others will be following you, too.

        I sure like how you write ‘long’… I do, too. Ha! If you ever want to email… my email is:

        I respect what you do, how you go about it. Everything you wrote… was so important to what you do. Yes, I like you, CJ. You are so .. real.

        Real life can’t be all good, light endings. Everybody can’t ride off into the beautiful sunsets, live happily ever after. Life hurts, too. I know it will be so interesting when you write about things like that. You have such a style that’s ‘more than average’… you would be the one to get published by anyone.


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