My original title for this snippet, "Mummies in the news!", made me squeamish but I went ahead and used it anyway. For those who are connected in real life to this sort of story, it must be anything but funny. It's the sort of story that is funny if it is fiction and on Monty Python. But not so funny if it is you or your mother who ends up mummified on a couch for years and the subject of international news.
On LATimes.com: Spain: Home Buyer Finds Mummifed Guest, May 16, 2007
Reminds me of what happened with Laura Schlessinger's mum: On Smoking Gun
And then there was the mother at the Bates Motel in Psycho.
How isolated some people become! Not to be noticed as not among the living for months or years? Sitting mummified on a couch for years? Years?
Ginny (who hopes that it is a comfortable couch if I have to sit there for years!)
With apologies to those who find this wildly inappropriate