Mortuary Body Preparation For Funeral
How is a Deceased’s Body Prepared for Funeral?
The time we devote to meeting someone’s needs does not cease with their death. We are left with a lot of unanswered questions after a loved one’s death. Many relate to their body preparation and disposal. A person’s death can be as unique as their existence, and knowing the correct information will assist you in making those critical decisions.
A deceased person’s body might be prepared in a variety of ways. There might be ways that meet your needs and religious or personal values perfectly.
What happens to a body after death?
The body is returned to the funeral home after being removed from the place of death. Before doing anything, the funeral home staff should ask for your permission and explain what will be done during mortuary body preparation. If they don’t, you should feel free to inquire. Here are the following steps that follow after a person dies:
Step #1: Bathing and disinfecting the body is the initial step, regardless of which disposition you pick. This is an important step as it not only protects the family & friends from getting infected but also respects the dignity of the deceased. After death, the human body starts to change immediately which requires it to bathe and disinfect itself before its final rites.
Step #2: The family or friends in charge of arranging services will ultimately decide the actions that may follow. The body can be dressed and placed in refrigeration for cremation, readied for body donation or green burials, or transported to another state by ground or air travel. Special services may be necessary to restore the body in the event of accidental or traumatic death, autopsy, or organ donation.
Step #3: After you’ve decided on a disposition and finished the preparations, you’ll need to think about clothing and other souvenirs like jewellery and eyewear. Some religious beliefs may need basic garments or specific costumes, while others may allow you to wear whatever you like. You can use the deceased’s old clothes or buy new ones.
Keep in mind that any jewellery or mementoes you leave with the deceased, like wedding rings, spectacles, tie clips, and so on, can always be returned to you before the ultimate disposition. These items can be kept with the individual indefinitely or for brief viewing purposes.
Step #4: Preparing the body for private or public viewing is the final phase. Cosmetics are applied and makeup and hair are done as per your requirements.
You might have a lot of options during this time. Besides choosing your preferred options, you can also personally tell the funeral managers how you want your loved ones to be remembered.
Embalming is a technique for preserving the body temporarily in order to:
- Make long-distance transportation of the body easy.
- Allow enough time for family members to plan and hold funeral services.
- Allow the viewing of the body in an open coffin.
In addition to preserving the body, embalming also protects against health risks.
Is Embalming Required?
Funeral directors are not allowed to misrepresent the legal requirement of embalming under federal law. In reality, funeral homes are required by law to inform customers that embalming is optional, except in certain circumstances. It’s also illegal to claim that embalming is required for:
- Immediate burial
- Cremation on the spot.
- When refrigeration is available, a closed casket funeral without viewing or visitation is possible (if state or local law does not require embalming).
Embalmers are qualified technicians who are also Funeral Directors in the majority of situations. They inject preservative chemicals into the vascular system to embalm the body. The blood is extracted and replaced with embalming fluid using specific equipment.
The body can also be preserved via refrigeration, but this is not always possible. If unembalmed remains must be transported, they should be packed in ice.
Storage of the body
A body cannot be kept unrefrigerated for more than 48 hours to preserve public health. You can let funeral services such as Last Journey which are certified and have refrigerated holding facilities take care of the body. Some hospitals may be allowed to retain the body of someone who has died in their care until a funeral can be arranged. Many busy hospitals, on the other hand, would be unable to do so. If a family is fully prepared for a funeral prior to death, the body could be disposed of without the requirement for refrigeration. Muslims and Jews, for example, prefer to bury a body within 24 hours following death. Using frozen two-litre milk cartons stacked around the body, some do-it-yourself funerals have successfully kept the body cool.
Viewing, Wake & Visitation in Hinduism
Before cremation, Hindus usually have a brief wake. The remains are placed in a casket for display. A man’s forehead should be treated with “vibuti” (ash) or “chandanam” (sandalwood), whereas a woman’s should be treated with turmeric. A flower garland is put around the deceased neck. Family and friends gather around the casket during the wake and may chant hymns or mantras. Many Hindus lay “pinda” (rice balls) near the casket towards the end of the wake before the body is removed for cremation. The casket is removed feet-first and carried to the location of cremation at the conclusion of the wake.
Mortuary Van Services by Last Journey
Last Journey operates an air-conditioned ambulance and hearse van services. These trucks have an auto-loading stretcher as well as an elevated arthi for viewing the deceased. The cars are well-equiped with Freezer Box for the times when the deceased must be transported by road to any other city.
How to Prepare Body for Cremation in Hinduism?
Before the next dark or morning, whichever comes first, the deceased should be burned.
In most cultures, the primary mourner lights an oil lamp and passes it over the body. He or she then takes off the deceased’s garments and wraps the body in a white cloth. If the deceased is a father, the oldest son is usually the major mourner; if the deceased is a mother, the youngest son is usually the chief mourner.
In the Hindu funeral body preparation, Sesame oil is then applied to the body before being showered with water. The body is redressed before being placed in a coffin.
While singing hymns, the smaller children can encircle the body with small illuminated sticks.
The ladies stuff rice into the mouths of the dead to keep them alive on their journey. If the dead is a man, his wife will place the wedding pendant around his neck before closing the casket.
The body is taken feet first and transported to the cremation place at that time.