Old Lady Lives with Dead Husband for 15 Years
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.