What is the purpose of embalming?

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Q: What is the purpose of embalming?

A: The purpose of embalming is that it sanitizes and preserves the body, retards 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 the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Embalming disinfects, temporarily preserves and restores, to an acceptable physical appearance, a dead human body. Because human remains begin to decompose almost immediately after death, offering an ideal environment for microbial growth, untreated remains pose a public health concern.

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