To Embalm or not to Embalm

To Embalm or not to Embalm

Is Embalming Necessary?

Strictly speaking no, however, embalming disinfects and preserves the body and therefore is important care to reduce any health hazards before the deceased is viewed and/or transported.  Embalming helps to restore the deceased person’s natural appearance and allows time for family and friends to say goodbye. There are various levels to the embalming process and we are happy to discuss these options with you.

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Embalming, an essential service provided by funeral directors, is frequently misunderstood.  Many people associate embalming with ancient and primitive cultural practices and have misgivings about its relevance, value and purpose today.  It enables everyone connected with the funeral – family, friends and professionals – to take part in rituals with no unpleasantness or embarrassment and without risk to their health, whatever the cause of death. Without embalming, nature begins to take its course very soon after death.

Embalming as three main purposes:

Sanitation– The body becomes safe for handling and viewing when micro-organisms are made harmless.

Preservation – Embalming allows adequate time for relatives and friends to grieve and say goodbye.  It enables the person who has died to be taken home or to a marae.  It ensures that there will be no problems of odour or deterioration.

Presentation – Embalming restores the person’s natural appearance, giving mourners a much better memory picture.  This brings a sense of relief and comfort and helps peace of mind.

What does embalming involve?

Modern embalming is a careful scientific procedure performed by skilled personnel.  Facial features are posed pleasantly and naturally.  Disinfecting and preserving fluids are distributed through the body’s arterial system.  Preparation also includes washing, dressing, hairdressing and restoration of natural skin colour.