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Coffins and Other Products Used In A Funeral

Embalming: Defined, When It's Necessary

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Embalming is a process to preserve a dead body. Embalming is generally not necessary nor is it legally required in most instances where burial or cremation takes place shortly after death.

Embalming may be a practical necessity because of the time delay between death and burial if you are planning a traditional funeral or one with a viewing.

Under the Funeral Rule, a funeral provider may not provide embalming services without permission, and may not state that embalming is required by law if it is not.

A funeral provider may not charge a fee for unauthorized embalming unless it is required by law. As part of the requirement that funeral homes disclose in writing the funeral arrangements you have chosen, they must disclose whether embalming becomes a practical necessity and, if so, what the cost will be.

Embalming dates back to ancient Egypt, yet the United States and Canada are the only countries in the world where embalming takes place regularly.

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