Man from Bangkok (72), who lived with his dead wife’s body in his room for 21 years, finally cremates her


A senior in Thailand has cremated his wife after living with their dead remains in what he called “eternal love” for more than two decades, leaving many stunned.

Harn Janwatchakal (72) said goodbye to his wife on April 30, 21 years after her death by enlisting the help of Phet Kasem Bangkok Foundation to cremate her.

Pictures from the cremation shared on Facebook showed the grieving man helping foundation staff bring his wife’s coffin outside his home in the Bang Khen district of the capital Bangkok.

“Mom, you’re just doing a little business and you’re home. It won’t be long, I promise,” the bereaved family was heard saying in the video, referring to his wife.

Janwatchakal had kept his wife’s body next to him in a small room where he slept and spoke to her while pretending to be alive, according to a report in The Straits Times.

During the day he spent his hours resting with his cats and dogs in a small room next to his house.

No legal action was taken against the man because he reported his wife’s death to officers.

A foundation executive, who has been visiting the man regularly over the past two months to give him food and drink and help him recover from a motorcycle accident, was unaware of developments as she did not see the coffin at his home had noticed.

Mr. Janwatchakal approached the foundation asking for help with cremation rituals as he feared his dead wife would not receive a proper ceremony in the event of his death.

On Monday, attorney Nitithorn Kaewto visited and interviewed the man, finding he was well educated and had multiple degrees.

His home was left without power and was said to be in poor condition, according to the report.

The man told the lawyer that he used to live with his wife and two sons, but after keeping her remains when she died, his sons decided to move out as they didn’t agree with his decision.

He said he graduated from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Pharmacy before becoming a medic in the Royal Thai Army, adding that his wife served in the Ministry of Health. Man from Bangkok (72), who lived with his dead wife’s body in his room for 21 years, finally cremates her

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