Burial Insurance Topics
Should I Embalm?
Should I embalm? Well, to answer that question we need to look at what embalming is, the reasons for embalming, and the impact on the environment, then you can make your own mind up.
Embalming fluid, for a start, was traditionally made from formaldehyde which is a proven health risk for funeral home workers. It was actually found during a 2009 study that funeral directors are much more likely to contract some diseases like myeloid leukemia. Not only are the funeral staff at risk, but formaldehyde, although it is biodegradable technically over time does potentially cause contamination of the ground and is not really in the usual mind set of those opting for a green burial. Nowadays it is possible to use embalming fluid which is free of formaldehyde, but in many countries bodies are preserved without the use of chemicals whatsoever, not so, however, in the United States or Canada.
To Embalm or Not To Embalm
Embalming is often used to preserve the body in between death and the actual burial taking place so that loved ones can visit the body one last time to say goodbye. If you want this option, then embalming is necessary, however it is not required as a routine procedure. In the case of a green burial or a “quick turnaround” cremation when visitations are not required, then it is completely unnecessary. The whole purpose of a green burial is to allow the body to recycle naturally within the environment, and if that’s your intention, why on earth put potentially harmful and delaying chemicals into the equation? It simply doesn’t make sense.
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