Dublin School of Mortuary Science

WHY DO WE EMBALM

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Why Do We Embalm

Death is a certainty we all possess in life and the loss
of a loved one is inevitable, unfortunately at times sooner rather than later
and in general, one which is rarely discussed and frequently unprepared for.

The traditional Irish funeral involves a “wake”
which usually occurs in the deceased’s home or a close family member’s home and
more recently, family may decide to have the deceased’s remains resting in the
Chapel of Rest attached to the nominated funeral director.

The choice of waking a loved one is entirely individual
and in all circumstances avails family and friends the opportunity to pay their
respects and view the body of the deceased.

The grief process which proceeds loss, cannot be bypassed
or avoided and presents with no specific time frame and can be revisited at any
time. On reflection of this process, which is entirely personal and individual
to each circumstance, the value of viewing a loved one when they die, should in
essence never be led to question or scrutiny, in maintaining dignity and
respect for the deceased and assisting close family to accept that death has
occurred, therefore, confirming the theory ‘seeing is believing’ and to enter
and embrace the grief process with positivity and clothe them with pleasant
lasting memories of their loved one when they have reached their final journey
in this life.

The professional skills of an Embalmer is paramount in
endeavouring to meet the above goal for the families whom we are called to
serve.

Modern embalming is the temporary hygienic treatment and
preparation of a deceased remains using a formaldehyde based fluid to sanitise
and preserve the body which ultimately enables an optimal natural presentation
of the deceased for their family.