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Terry Wilson
B: 1959-07-17
D: 2017-03-27
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Wilson, Terry
Frances Stillwell
B: 1929-07-03
D: 2017-03-10
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Stillwell, Frances
Jackie Chambers
B: 1963-12-11
D: 2017-03-03
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Chambers, Jackie
Angela Stander
B: 1920-05-20
D: 2017-02-26
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Stander, Angela
Richard Wilson
B: 1930-10-25
D: 2017-02-13
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Wilson, Richard
Joyce Carlson
B: 1926-10-30
D: 2017-02-11
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Carlson, Joyce
Richard Ashlock
B: 1940-11-10
D: 2017-01-21
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Ashlock, Richard
Jacqueline Salberg
B: 1939-08-02
D: 2017-01-21
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Salberg, Jacqueline
Gertrude Patton
B: 1933-05-10
D: 2017-01-10
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Patton, Gertrude
David Knabe
B: 1960-01-12
D: 2017-01-03
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Knabe, David
Opal Wiles
B: 1917-11-18
D: 2016-12-11
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Wiles, Opal
Gerald Stander
B: 1926-06-05
D: 2016-12-02
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Stander, Gerald
Uel Stoner
B: 1936-09-07
D: 2016-11-25
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Stoner, Uel
Lyle Stock
B: 1921-05-09
D: 2016-11-17
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Stock, Lyle
Charmaine Parriott
B: 1943-05-29
D: 2016-11-11
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Parriott, Charmaine
Ernest Gene Munch
B: 1930-08-01
D: 2016-11-01
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Munch, Ernest Gene
Louis Lawson
B: 1926-03-30
D: 2016-10-26
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Lawson, Louis
Ronda Groleau
B: 1958-05-18
D: 2016-10-24
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Groleau, Ronda
Margaret Bond
B: 1953-01-11
D: 2016-10-15
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Bond, Margaret
Delmer Guehlstorff
B: 1928-06-14
D: 2016-10-09
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Guehlstorff, Delmer
Betty Speth
B: 1928-11-01
D: 2016-10-02
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Speth, Betty

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Why Embalming?

About Embalming:

Embalming defined: As the process of chemically treating the dead human body to reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms, to temporarily inhibit organic decomposition, and to restore an acceptable physical appearance.

Embalming is not required by law however under certain circumstances it may be required or considered the most desirable method for preparation of the body. It is well known throughout funeral professionals that embalming is the most desirable method to prepare the body in order to achieve an opportunity to present the body for viewing by the family and friends. Contrary to what some individuals may believe embalming is not an archaic or gruesome procedure. One should understand that there are many variables to the embalming and restorative procedures. Things such as, but not limited to, the presence of disease and trauma may alter the procedures performed by the embalmer. To enable you to better understand the process we have briefly listed the basic procedures below.

  • The body is bathed; features such as eyelids and the mouth are positioned closed.
  • To accomplish the injection process the embalmer will make an incision or incisions to gain access to an artery or arteries. An incision is made in an artery and a small tube is inserted into it.
  • The embalmer will then mix the appropriate amount of preservative chemical into an embalming machine. The preservative chemical is injected under pressure into the arterial system. As the preservative chemical is injected into the artery a pressure, similar to living blood pressure, is built up in the vascular system and a vein will be opened to allow the escape of the majority of blood volume from the body.
  • The essence of the process termed arterial embalming is to replace the majority of the blood volume with a preservative and disinfectant chemical.
  • Following the injection into the arteries it is necessary for the embalmer to further preserve the internal organs. This procedure is performed by making a small incision in the abdominal wall and inserting a pointed hollow tube called a trocar. This tube will be inserted into the various organs and the gases and fluids will be withdrawn from the body. This process is called aspiration.
  • Upon completion of the aspiration process of the cavities a preservative chemical will be injected into the internal organs and the small incision closed and sealed.
  • Other procedures and care will be performed to make the body ready for viewing such as, but not limited to, fixing hair, make up application and dressing the body in attire selected by the family.

Restorative or Reconstructive Surgery Procedures:

Following a natural death the restorative measures may involve basic care procedures associated with embalming. However when death from severe disfiguring trauma has occurred it may be necessary for the embalmer to perform a variety of additional procedures, similar to plastic surgeons, in order to achieve an acceptable and identifiable body. Disfiguring injuries can occur during different types of fatal incidents. When these deaths are investigated by appropriate officials the family might be told that due to the condition of the body it is not viewable. Typically physicians, coroner’s and law enforcement personnel are not qualified to make the determination whether a body can be reconstructed for viewing purposes. Often these officials are not aware that an embalmer may be able to restore the body to a viewable state. There are also embalmers that specialize in reconstructive surgery that can be called in to the funeral home. These specialists have advanced training and can reconstruct some of the most severe traumatic injuries. Families should always consult with the funeral home embalmer to make that determination and may wish to seek a second opinion.

Benefits of Embalming and Restorative Procedures:

  • Delays the natural process of body decomposition
  • Allows for delayed final disposition
  • Allows additional time for family members and friends to travel and gather together
  • Allows additional time for viewing and ceremonies with the body present
  • Allows additional time for reconstructive procedures, if necessary, to restore the body to a more acceptable and Identifiable condition for viewing by family and friends
  • Typically provides an additional comfort for the family and friends enabling them to see and spend additional time with their loved one before final disposition.

Frequently asked questions:

If we cremate do we need embalming or restorative procedures?

Why is it important to have a final viewing of my loved one following a natural death or severe traumatic death?

Regardless of the method you choose for final disposition we believe that one should consider the benefits of embalming, restorative procedures, viewing and ceremonies. These can be accomplished and then final disposition can occur. Remember that cremation is only one method of final disposition and it should be clearly understood that once the cremation process occurs the opportunity to view the body is forever gone.  It is very important following the death of a loved one to allow your family adequate time space to carefully and thoughtfully discuss choices and options that  will best suit your family. When you discuss your choices don’t forget the feelings of close friends of the family and deceased.

Why is it important to have a final viewing of my loved one following a natural death or severe traumatic death?

Before deciding whether to view or not to view your loved one before final disposition carefully consider:

  • Your loved one only dies once and your family has only this one opportunity to make selections and decisions. Carefully think it through and make choices that will be appropriate and comforting for you, your family and your loved ones close friends.
  • The psychological needs of the family members and close friends of the deceased.
  • Having the body present is the most personalized way to honor your loved one
  • From infancy all of us are taught that it is proper to say Hello and Goodbye.
  • Viewing periods allow each family member and friend an opportunity to visit the deceased, show their love, pay their respects and say goodbye in their own special way.

Author, Vernie R. Fountain, Embalmer, Post Mortem Reconstructive Specialist, CFSP Fountain National Academy