How Does Embalming Work?

Published: July 18, 2022
by Paul R. Young Funeral Home

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One option that most families who want to give their loved ones a burial choose are embalming services. Although most people have an idea of what embalming is, many do not know what the process is actually like or why it can be beneficial. If you have lost a loved one and want to be sure that you can offer them embalming services, there are some tips that directors of funeral homes in Oxford, OH want you to remember.

Embalming is the process of preserving the body in a temporary manner. It is an option that families who want to have an open casket at the service or a viewing choose for their loved ones. Embalming involves draining the body fluids and then injecting chemicals into the organs, tissues, and arteries. Most of the time, cosmetic restoration follows embalming services. The restoration process can include cosmetics as well as reconstructive materials.

Families choose to embalm a loved one because it can offer them a chance to see their loved one for the last time as they remember them. It can bring comfort and it can also be beneficial for children. There are also practical reasons for embalming. If the services you want to offer your loved one are not happening immediately after the death, and if you do not want to rely only on refrigeration, embalming is the solution.

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The process begins with the mortician washing the body and massaging it. Products will be applied to keep the skin soft and pliable, and the embalmer will set the features using pictures of the person and special devices that hold the lips and eyelids in place. While blood is being drained from a vein or from the heart itself, embalming chemicals are added using an artery. Cavity embalming is next. A metal tube is inserted into the organs and fluids are withdrawn at the same time the embalmed inserts cavity chemicals. The embalmer then washes the body again and starts the cosmetic procedures. They will also dress the body in the chosen clothes and any missing facial features are molded out of wax. If necessary, the fingers will be glued together to ensure they stay in place.

This is the basic process of embalming someone and it can be an important thing to know as you decide on whether to choose that option for a loved one or not. It can be a good way of ensuring your loved one looks at peace if you are planning on an open casket or on a viewing. If you are still not sure if this is something you want to do, you can reach out to an Oxford, OH funeral home like us. We can guide you through all of the decisions you need to make for a loved one so do not hesitate to contact us. Give us a call right now or stop by one of our locations today to get started making plans for your loved one who died.

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