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What is Embalming?

The process of embalming involves treating human remains with chemicals to prevent decomposition. The goal is to prepare the body for public or private viewing as part of the funeral ceremony. Sanitization, presentation, and preservation are the three aims of embalming, with reconstruction being an important extra factor in some cases. When done correctly, embalming will help to preserve the body for a long time. This funeral ceremony has a long and multi-cultural history, with many cultures attaching a religious significance to the process. 

Virtually all civilizations have had their own way of delaying the human body’s natural decomposition process after someone has died. Embalming is a funeral practice that’s been performed in some form or another for thousands of years. The modern form of embalming has existed since the early 20th century in the United Kingdom.  A viewing of the body is considered beneficial in the mourning process because it can save mourners from dealing with the rotting of their loved one’s body.

Why do we embalm bodies? 

Many people want to have a loved one embalmed to spend more time with them. People can look completely different after death, so this procedure will help restore their appearance, making them look like they’re in a peaceful sleep. This can be an excellent comfort source for bereaved families, particularly if a loved one died due to an illness.

How is the embalming process?

The body is cleaned in a chemical solution before embalming begins. Rigor mortis causes stiffening of the joints and muscles, which can be relieved by massaging the limbs. The eyelids and jaw are secured close.

The blood is removed and replaced with an embalming fluid during the surgical part of the process. Then comes the process called cavity embalming. The embalmer pierces the organs to drain them of gas and fluids and puts a solution instead. The embalming solution is usually made of formaldehyde-based chemicals.

Cosmetics are applied to the body after the surgical components of embalming are completed. The hair and nails are styled to keep the body presentable.