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A GUIDE TO EMBALMING


The purpose of embalming is to preserve the body and prevent further deterioration prior to the funeral. To remove the obvious and distressing signs of death and the restoration of as normal an appearance as possible. But there is also protection to ensure that there are no health risks to any persons who may come into contact with the deceased. The body is washed and dressed in their own clothing or a gown. Our highly skilled embalmers have followed the courses of the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and are fully qualified and experienced. They carry out their work to the highest standards and in a state of the art facility enabling us to give the best level of care to the deceased.

In its simplest form, this is the introduction of a disinfectant solution to the internal environment of the body.

In life, the body is nourished by nutrients via the bloodstream. In order to accomplish this, the arterial system is required to reach virtually every individual tissue contained within it. It is therefore easy to understand that a disinfectant solution injected into the bloodstream after death will be distributed around the body and reduce the activity of bacteria and pathogens within it.

The different disinfectant solutions used comprise a number of constituents designed to combat the effects of disease and are specialist combinations used solely for embalming purposes

There is no definitive answer to this question. Various factors may restrict this, for example the condition of the body or the length of time between the deceased being brought into our care and the time of death.

Under normal circumstances, we would not expect this to affect your funeral arrangements, however, there are occasions where even after embalming, nature does take its course.

Our professional staff will always be on hand to offer help and support and will advise those families who have chosen to visit the chapels of rest if the time is right to have one final goodbye.

In most cases, there is no legal obligation to embalm someone when they die, but it is still a very popular choice in the UK.

The most common reasons for choosing embalming are:

  • It provides peace of mind that, should you or a family member change your mind on requesting to visit the Chapel of Rest, this can be facilitated without concern, especially if the funeral is many weeks after the death.
  • A more natural appearance, which brings comfort to those visiting the chapel of rest
  • In most situations, embalming permits a family to view their loved one for a longer period of time without natural changes taking place.
  • The appearance of the deceased may be restored following the effects of disease or injury.
  • A person expressed a wish to be embalmed perhaps through a prepaid funeral plan.
  • The funeral may be taking place more than 4 weeks after death. Embalming is advisable in such circumstances for health and hygiene reasons.