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What is embalming? Is it necessary?

Embalming is the practice of chemically treating the body of a deceased human being. This process slows the body's decay, improves the physical appearance, and reduces the public health hazard. Embalming is required by law, when the person has died of a communicable disease; if the body is transported across state lines; or when the burial or cremation takes place more than 72 hours after death. If these circumstances do not apply, then embalming is not required. At Bekavac Funeral Home, we require embalming for any family who would like to have a public visitation because the embalming and cosmetizing process provides a natural and peaceful memory of the deceased. We do not require embalming for identification viewings and private family viewings that occur within 24 hours after death.

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What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, slows the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and final disposition, thus allowing family members ample time to arrange and participate in the type of service that is most comforting to them.

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