Frequent Questions

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by Rev. Christopher A. Mayes

1. What is embalming?

Embalming is preserving deceased human remains with chemicals in order to retard natural decomposition of a deceased person. The chemicals replace blood and other body fluids.

2. Why is embalming necessary?

Embalming helps to stop the spread of contagious diseases. Even though a person is deceased, germs, bacteria, and viruses may continue to live. Embalming helps in killing some these pathogenes and delays decomposition so that plans for a funeral may be completed.

3. Why is embalming so costly?

The emblamer's life is always at risk when performing the embalming operation. Professional skill is required in order to accomplish good results. Risks to the embalmer are quite great.

4. How long does emblaming last?

Embalming can be effective for many years; however, factors such as weather, soil type, the method of embalming, type of casket, and type of vault can determine the effectiveness. 

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