Embalming, a vital service provided by funeral directors, is often misconstrued. Many individuals associate embalming with antiquated and primitive cultural practices, harbouring doubts about its contemporary relevance, value, and purpose.
Without embalming, natural processes rapidly take hold soon after death. The embalming procedure slows the natural process of decomposition between the time of passing and the funeral, ensuring safe interaction and viewing of the deceased. Embalming allows all participants in the funeral—family, friends, and professionals—to engage in rituals without discomfort, awkwardness, or compromising their own well-being, regardless of the cause of death.
Upon the individual's return to the mortuary after death, they undergo embalming, sponge bath, nail trimming, hair styling, gentlemen receive shaving, and women may have their makeup applied to present themselves as they usually would. The deceased is then clothed in attire provided by the family and placed in the casket.