Mom Mummifies Dead Son in a Strange But Touching Tribute (VIDEO)

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mummyJoni Bakaradze died when he was just 22 years old. His mother, Tsiuri Kvaratskhelia, was devastated, like any mother would be to lose a child. Her grief was overwhelming and manifested in a unique way. Plus, Joni had left behind a young son and a heartbroken extended family. Kvaratskhelia knew she must do something extraordinary to honor her son's memory ... no matter how, uh, unique.

For the better part of two decades, Tsiuri has found a one-of-a-kind way to remember her son daily. Her tactic is rare and certainly not for everyone. But in taking drastic action, she was able to sustain what she thought was a fitting -- if uncommon -- memorial for her son. What did she do to honor her dead son's memory that was so rare and outlandish? She mummified him. 

That's right. Joni's mother decided to preserve, or mummify, her son's remains. Then she placed them in a viewing chamber for family members and those who loved Joni. Because there is no way that could be scary or unsettling at all. Nope. While this approach is certainly not typical, mummification has ancient roots and was first performed as a means of honoring the dead.

Kvaratskhelia kept Joni's body intact by using what she calls "traditional methods," including the application of balsam sap. However, lately she's taken a less traditional route and wrapped her son's remains in bandages soaked in vodka.

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Kvaratskhelia's decision to honor her son's memory this way is not something you see every day ... or likely ever! But keeping her son a physical presence in her home is a powerful testimony to a mother's love for her child, one that doubtlessly impacted Joni's son immensely.

Do you think Kvaratskhelia made the right choice to mummify her son's remains?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

That's a hard one for her it sounds like it was. What a lot of work that would be.

Rachael Schmitt

I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child. I can understand grieving and wanting her grand child to see/ remember her son. I just DON'T understand why you'd want you grand child to see their parent in that condition..dead?! I think this woman needs an intervention and should lay her son to rest and bury him. Even the Egyptians who were also well known for mummifying their dead laid them to rest.

holly... hollywood222222

I'm sure she didn't want her grandchild to see their parent dead. It's no different than having a wake, or an open casket funeral with kids. To each their own. I don't understand why people would want to spend money on a coffin, only to bury it in the ground and take up precious land, only to risk it being dug up years from now. I don't judge people for it though.

Dkaria Moo

There was a similar story...of a wife who had kept her husband's body in an upstairs bedroom for years after he died. her and her children were made to keep it clean and blah blah blah.

At the time of that story, there was outrage and loads of comments about how the woman was sick and deranged and should be treated as a criminal.

How is this any different?

Janin... JanineDeer

Well it's just weird.   Just weird.    When we die, we are GONE.  And if we meet them in the next world- well, good.   But to do this.. just weird.   Better to put that energy onto the living.   In the deceased one's memory, but do something that will leave the world a better place.

marsh... marshsmom

I can't get past the fact that she changed his clothes once per year for 10 years....this can't be healthy.

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