Is Embalming a Green Issue?

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Is Embalming a Green Issue?
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There are many people that suggest that embalming a person is ecologically unsound. On the opposite side of the argument, there is no particular evidence that suggest that embalming is unkind to the environment.

What is embalming?

When a person dies, the body begins to decompose. To help it remain looking in good condition, an embalmer will replace the blood with an embalming fluid, which is a mixture of chemicals and water. The last part of an embalmer’s role is to empty the stomach and finally wash the person’s hair and apply make up where necessary, so that they look good for any visitors.

Green activists will tell you that the embalming fluid will either be sent into the air via a cremation or eventually find its way into the ground via a burial. This could lead to the chemicals ending up in underground rivers.

The more dangerous chemicals are said to evaporate and, therefore, won’t cause any harm, but alternative chemicals are available for a less dangerous option.

As part of your pre-planned funeral you can discuss whether you require embalming or not. It will almost certainly be included within your pre-paid funeral costs, whether you choose to use the option, or not.


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