Embalming is the art and science of preserving human remains by treating them with chemicals to forestall decomposition.
Embalming is the art and science of preserving human remains by treating them with chemicals to forestall decomposition. The reasons for embalming are varied and include religious and cultural reasons, transportation over long distances of the deceased, a delay in holding a service of more than 14 days, interment in an aboveground vault or crypt, or for medical and scientific purposes. The three goals of embalming are sanitisation, presentation and preservation (or restoration).
Embalming is performed by a licensed professional, who has been trained in the science of embalming, and they may not have any contact with the family of the deceased, unless they are also the funeral director.
Embalming chemicals are a variety of preservatives, sanitizers, disinfectant agents and additives used to delay decomposition and restore a natural appearance for viewing a body after death. A mixture of these chemicals is known as embalming fluid.
The first step in the embalming process is surgical, in which bodily fluids are removed and are replaced with formaldehyde-based solutions. The second step is cosmetic, in which the deceased is prepared for viewing by setting the facial features, applying makeup and styling the hair.
The process of embalming will usually incur an additional fee to standard funeral costs.
There are many websites that explain the embalming process in explicit detail, should you require more in-depth information.
For further information, please visit: Wikihow Embalming Process Explained