Introduction

Embalming treatment is performed for presentation, sanitisation and preservation of the deceased. It is the process of stabilising the natural deterioration of a body by means of preservative chemicals and techniques. It was practiced by the Egyptians from the earliest times, more recently enhanced by modern methods and research. Embalming slows the speed of natural decomposition after a death and reduces the risk of infection. This gives the family more time before the funeral service and allows time for family and friends to travel back.

Understanding the procedure

Embalming involves specialised surgical type techniques. In a hygienic environment resembling a hospital operating theatre, highly trained professionals perform a procedure resembling a blood transfusion or dialysis. Along with slowing the process of decomposition, embalming removes the harsh physical effects of illness or accident and restores a natural appearance.

Embalming is not carried out as a form of death denial, but rather as a way for people to remember the person as he or she was in life.