Understanding the Purpose of Embalming
Embalming is the chemical preservation of a dead body. It slows down the natural process of decomposition. There are several reasons why decedents are frequently embalmed at the funeral home. Usually, families will not hold the funeral services shortly after the death. It may take a few days to make the arrangements. Embalming the body preserves it so that the family does not need to rush. In addition, embalming may sometimes be required by state or local law.
Embalming isn’t always necessary if the decedent will be cremated not long after death. However, many families prefer to hold a wake prior to cremation, or perhaps a traditional funeral service with cremation to follow. In these cases, embalming will be necessary.
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