The Truth About Embalming: A Meaningful Goodbye

Written by Fraser Stewart
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Please note that this post contains explicit content and descriptions of the embalming process.

Embalming is a process that has been around for centuries, with evidence of its practice dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians. It is a process carried out on deceased individuals' bodies to preserve their appearance and delay the decomposition process.

There are many reasons why someone might choose to have their loved one embalmed. For instance, this could be for cultural or religious reasons or to allow for an extended period between the death and the funeral service. Regardless of the reason, the embalming process involves several steps, which we will outline in this post.

  1. Preparation
  2. Arterial Embalming
  3. Cavity Embalming
  4. Reconstruction and Grooming
  5. Final Preparation


The first step in the embalming process is to prepare the body for the procedure. This involves washing the body, sanitising it, and dressing it in appropriate clothing. The embalmer may also shave the deceased and apply any makeup or other grooming products to restore a natural appearance.

Arterial embalming

The next step is the actual embalming process, which involves injecting a preservative solution into the body's arterial system. This solution helps to preserve the body and slow the decomposition process. The embalmer begins with an incision in the deceased's carotid artery and the jugular vein in the neck. The embalmer then inserts a tube into these vessels and pumps the preservative solution into the body.

Cavity embalming

After the arterial embalming is complete, the embalmer will focus on the body's internal organs. The embalmer will make an incision in the abdomen and remove any organs that have begun to decompose. The embalmer will then disinfect the inside of the body and inject a cavity fluid into the abdominal and chest cavities. This fluid helps to preserve the body further and prevent gas build-up.

Reconstruction and grooming

Once the embalming process is complete, the embalmer will close the incisions and begin reconstructing the body to its natural appearance. This may involve using specialised techniques and products to restore the skin to its natural colour and texture. The embalmer may also use makeup and other grooming products to enhance the deceased's appearance.

Final preparation

Once the body has been prepared for the funeral, it is placed in a casket or other container for the service. The coffin may be closed or open, depending on the wishes of the deceased and their loved ones.

In summary

Embalming is a necessary process that helps preserve the deceased's appearance and allows their loved ones to say goodbye meaningfully. While it may seem strange or even unsettling to some, the process is carried out with care and respect and is an important part of the grieving process for many people.

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