Old Lady Lives with Dead Hus­band for 15 Years

Indonesia Expat - - QUIRKS -

Liv­ing with your spouse for a very long time is a per­fectly nor­mal thing to do. How­ever, liv­ing un­der the same roof with your dead spouse’s body is more unique. Lo­cal woman Roni (96) re­cently grabbed head­lines for liv­ing with her de­ceased hus­band’s body for 15 years.

Roni has been re­sid­ing in a 20- squareme­tre bam­boo shack in Kubang Vil­lage, Bo­gor. Her son asked her to move in with him in Jambu Lubuk, Bo­gor a lit­tle while back, but Roni re­fused the of­fer, as she did not want to leave her hus­band.

Her neigh­bours and the lo­cal vil­lage gov­ern­ment tried to per­suade her to move in with her son. But she con­tin­ued to refuse.

“Be­fore, I lived in my son’s house for a short time. But I did not like it. I am more com­fort­able liv­ing in my own house,” said Roni in an in­ter­view with Kom­pas. “Do not ask me to move out. I am old and I’m go­ing to pass away soon.”

Roni was sad­dened when her hus­band passed away back in 2002. Af­ter­wards, she de­cided to build a shack on her hus­band’s grave. Her shack is com­prised of only three rooms, a small kitchen, her bed­room and a small room where her hus­band’s grave is.

It’s worth not­ing that it’s not ex­actly a Nor­man Bates sit­u­a­tion. The hus­band is not sit­ting in a rock­ing chair or any­thing. She cov­ers the grave with a piece of wood so that vis­i­tors do not ac­ci­den­tally step in it. In all fair­ness, peo­ple in Tana To­raja also bring out the dead bod­ies of their rel­a­tives once a year as part of a cel­e­bra­tion.

Roni ad­mit­ted that although her hus­band passed away a long time ago, she still misses him. She is com­mit­ted to spend­ing the rest of her days liv­ing in the shack with her hus­band’s body.

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