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Re: The Five Stages Of Embalming

I lost my best friend Anthony on March 8, 2012 in a car crash and all I could do is think of them doing this to him. Very weird when you know someone that died recently and read this. I viewed his body and they did a really good job. He was only 21, R.I.P my friend.

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Re: The Five Stages Of Embalming

At work, I used to put the finished-with dissected organs (including brain) in a bin bag inside the chest & abdominal cavity - standard practice as it prevents 'fluid' seepage and mess. The empty skull was stuffed with cotton wool Mental eh?

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The empty skull was stuffed with cotton wool Mental eh?
Not that bad - could have been old newspapers

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Good post. thanks

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Some people have a natural skill for this, others can develop a skill such as this after quite some time, and trial and error. Not exactly the best way to learn when you have 20 highly upset family members standing around admiring your "handy work".

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At work, I used to put the finished-with dissected organs (including brain) in a bin bag inside the chest & abdominal cavity - standard practice as it prevents 'fluid' seepage and mess. The empty skull was stuffed with cotton wool Mental eh?
What kind of qualifications do i need to get a job like that one

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Great post, I agree. But I can't help wondering why the hell they do it all. From dust to dust or ashes to ashes you know. We are not meant to last longer than life itself. But maybe it is just because I live in a "closed-casket-culture".
Hi mort999

The reason for the embalming is for health risk reasons for the people attending the funeral.
Embalming fluid does a great job of killing most of the nasty little germs decomposition produces.
In the state of Michigan a body does not have to be embalmed if it is to be buried with in the first 24 hours after death.

My personel choice is cremation .
It is fast ,cheap and I dont have family and friends looking at my cold dead ass at an over priced viewing.
Also they cant get your DNA post creamation.
This is something Wolfie. Viking64 and I have to think about.LOL

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Hi mort999

The reason for the embalming is for health risk reasons for the people attending the funeral.
Embalming fluid does a great job of killing most of the nasty little germs decomposition produces.
In the state of Michigan a body does not have to be embalmed if it is to be buried with in the first 24 hours after death.

My personel choice is cremation .
It is fast ,cheap and I dont have family and friends looking at my cold dead ass at an over priced viewing.
Also they cant get your DNA post creamation.
This is something Wolfie. Viking64 and I have to think about.LOL
It's the same here furtrapper !

If burial takes place within 24 hours, don't have to embalm. Also very correct about the reason of embalming. Preserves the body from bacteria on the inside, and prevents disease from spreading as well.

Some people do not believe it, but your stomach acid begins to eat away at your internal organs, and the bacteria in the rest of your body begins to consume you from the inside out.

When your natural anti-bodies stop due to a sudden case of death, there is nothing to prevent them from going on an eat all you can buffet courtesy of our own body, save embalming.

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Re: The Five Stages Of Embalming

Thanks to both of you above. I didn't know embalming was law in the US.

As far as I have read, it started in the Civil War, where families wanted their fallen sons/husbands/fathers home for funeral.

Here we never have open caskets at funerals. Usually the nearest family has a short view of the deceased in the coffin before it is closed. And then it stays closed. Corpses are stored in cool conditions, so smell isn't a problem.

If it is a real "stinker", it's frozen, sometimes also after it is coffined. So the coffin is picked directly from the freezer for the funeral.

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