In two novels I just read, characters died and the other characters would hold onto their clothing and sniff them because those clothes retained the specific odor of the dearly departed. This seems to be a fairly common narrative in books, television and movies.
I cannot relate to this. I detect no specific odor on my husband. He doesn’t wear any sort of cologne or aftershave, and isn’t attached to any particular brand of soap or anything else. If he were to pass I would not be digging through the hamper or hugging his pillow trying to “breathe in his scent.”
I suppose it could just be that my nose isn’t very attuned to this kind of subtlety.