Funeral Education

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Embalming

Embalming is defined as an art and science to preserve, disinfect and restore human remains long enough to have a proper viewing, visitation and funeral. The chemicals that are injected change the body’s proteins to a longer lasting substance, retard the growth of bacteria and restore the person to a more lifelike appearance.
Under the Federal Trade Commission’s ruling and New York State Law embalming is not required. If you do not want embalming, you have the right to choose an arrangement, which does not, require you to pay for embalming such as direct cremation or direct burial. If you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a viewing or an open casket funeral, embalming maybe required by the funeral home. The funeral director must receive permission from the person who is authorized to make the funeral arrangements, to do the embalming.
Several religions recommend no embalming and a new trend, green burials, may not require embalming. If the deceased needs to be transported by common carrier the law requires that embalming be done.
All beliefs and preferences should be discussed with your funeral director, who knows the rules and regulations and will help direct you to make sure you understand all your options, before you make your decision.