SO, YOU’RE LOOKING TO EMBALM A CORPSE, HUH? - Embalming is the post-mortem process of preparing a body in a manner which delays decomposition. The process is conducted by introducing a disinfectant solution (typically a mixture of formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and methanol) to the internal system of the body. The deceased are presented in a way giving them a restful appearance and, removing some visible effects of the cause of death, in the event of a traumatic passing.
The embalming process is done by:
1. The body is washed with a disinfectant solution and massaged to relax the muscles and joints that have hardened by rigor mortis. Facial hair is also shaved.
2. The features are set - the eyes and mouth are closed (differing techniques exist for this). Cotton padding may be placed in the cheeks to create a more natural and fuller expression.
3. A small incision is made and a strong artery and vein are identified (most often the jugular vein and common carotid artery, near the collarbone). The embalmer places tubes in both. The artery is used to pump / infuse the body with embalming fluid, while the tube running from the vein allows the blood to be drained away. Once done, the incision is closed.
4. The body is massaged once again, this time with a soapy sponge to assist the embalming fluid to spread evenly. The skin will begin to pinken, giving a more life-filled complexion.
5. Next comes the cavity embalming. The organs are pierced and drained of fluid using a tool called a trocar. They are then filled with extremely concentrated embalming fluid, maintaining the organs shape, before the incision is closed. The embalming process is almost complete at this point.
6. The deceased is washed once more, and their hair brushed. A moisturising cream is rubbed gently into the face to keep it hydrated.
7. Natural make-up is applied to the face and neck, allowing the deceased to appear sleeping. The deceased is dressed.
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