1} The heart stops 2} The skin gets tight and grey in color 3} All the muscles relax 4} The bladder and bowels empty 5} The body's temperature will typically drop 1.5 degrees F. per hour
6} The skin gets purple and waxy 7} The lips, finger- and toe nails fade to a pale color or turn white as the blood leaves. 8} Blood pools at the lowest parts of the body leaving a dark purple-black stain called lividity 9} The hands and feet turn blue 10} The eyes start to sink into the skull
11} Rigor mortis starts to set in 12} The purpling of the skin and pooling of blood continue 13} Rigor Mortis begins to tighten the muscles for about another 24 hours
14} The body is in full rigor mortis.
15} The body is now the temperature of the surrounding environment 16} In males, the semen dies 17} The head and neck are now a greenish-blue color 18} The greenish-blue color spread to the body 19} strong smell of rotting meat 20} The face of the person is no longer recognizable
There are 3 stages of rigor mortis. The first stage will begin about 4 hours after death. It will continue for another 12 hours until the body is in full rigor mortis. After 24 hours, the process will reverse and the body will become limp.