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Embalming Is Not Needed Before Cremation

No, It Is Not!

Embalming is not needed before cremation. 

What Is Embalming?

Embalming is a method of preserving a dead body with chemicals.

During embalming, the embalmer flushes out the blood and replaces it with a chemical solution to prevent decay and the spread of disease.

Embalming also changes the appearance of the body to be more lifelike.  

Picture of label off of a bottle of embalming fluid.

When Is Embalming Recommended In Conjunction With Cremation?

Embalming is recommended if there will be a funeral service or viewing before cremation.  

Also, embalming typically removes any “odor” coming from the body and helps prevent the spread of disease from the deceased to those who remain alive.  

What You Need To Know…

If a funeral director tells you that embalming is needed before cremation (unless you intend to have a funeral service or viewing), immediately change funeral homes.  

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