This is not just the tale of a dead cockroach. Well, technically, it is. Still, it’s also a saga that speaks to our innate ability to recognise the tragic beauty of death; a celebration of strangers’ heartrending kindness; and an utterly human, totally defiant refusal to see a friend go quietly into the night.

Early this month, Texas A&M professor Michael Alvard took to Facebook to alert his students – and the world at large – of an almost forgotten tragedy. Rosie the Roach, a beloved figure on campus, (not rly) had languished unnoticed for too long before she was given the send-off she deserved.
 

There has been a dead cockroach in the Anthropology building’s stairwell for at least two weeks.. Some enterprising person has now made her a little shrine.

Posted by Michael Alvard on Thursday, 3 December 2015

While quaint, the memorial suited Rosie just fine. She was always more of a low-key kinda gal, anyway. Still, the anonymous student body thought the ol’ dame deserved something more.

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor
via Facebook.

Campus caught wind. Wracked by grief, tributes began to pour in.

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor

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Within a day, the first votive candle had been lit. Also, note the ciggie – Rosie loved to punch a darb now and again.

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor

via Facebook.

Then, of course, came the funeral pyre. 

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor

via Facebook.

Ten days of mourning later, and THIS HAPPENED.

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor
via Facebook.

Eventually, it was time for Rosie to scuttle her disgusting way across the Rainbow Bridge, and what better way to do it than actually giving her a legit Viking burial. 

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor

via Facebook.

RIP ROSIE. MAY YOU BE EQUALLY AS DISGUSTING IN THE AFTERLIFE.

Smartass Students Build Elaborate Shrine For Dead Roach Left On Uni Floor

Photo: Facebook.