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  • * The body is placed on stainless steel or porcelain table, then washed with a germicide-insecticide-olfactant. The insides of the nose and mouth are swabbed with the solution. * Rigor mortis (stiffness) is relieved by massage. (Rarely but sometimes, tendons and muscles are cut in order to place the body in a more natural pose if limbs are distorted by disease, e.g., arthritis.) * Massage cream is worked into the face and hands to keep the skin soft and pliable. * Facial features are set by putting cotton in the nose, eye caps below the eyelids, a mouth former in the mouth (cotton or gauze in the throat to absorb purging fluids). The mouth is then tied shut with wire or sutures. (Glue may be used on the eyelids and lips to keep them closed in an appropriate pose.) Facial hair is shaved if necessary. * Arterial embalming is begun by injecting embalming fluid into an artery while the blood is drained from a nearby vein or from the heart. The two gallons or so needed is usually a mixture of formaldehyde or other chemical and water. In the case of certain cancers, some diabetic conditions, or because of the drugs used prior to death (where body deterioration has already begun), a stronger or "waterless" solution is likely to be used for better body preservation. Chemicals are also injected by syringe into other areas of the body. * The second part of the embalming process is called cavity embalming. A trocar — a long, pointed, metal tube attached to a suction hose — is inserted close to the navel. The embalmer uses it to puncture the stomach, bladder, large intestines, and lungs. Gas and fluids are withdrawn before "cavity fluid" (a stronger mix of formaldehyde) is injected into the torso. * The anus and vagina may be packed with cotton or gauze to prevent seepage if necessary. (A close-fitting plastic garment may also be used.) * Incisions and holes made in the body are sewn closed or filled with trocar "buttons." The body is washed again and dried. * Nails are manicured, any missing facial features are molded from wax, head hair is styled, and makeup is used on the face and hands. The body is dressed and placed in the casket (fingers are glued together if necessary). Source: http://www.funerals.org/faq/embalm.htm
  • I HAVE HEARD THEY MAKE AN INCISION DOWN THE BACK OF THE CORPSE AND THE CLOTHES THE LOVED ON BRING ARE ALSO SPLIT AND PUT ON THE CORPSE. WHY ARE THERE SPECIAL CLOTHES? WHAT IS APPROPRIATE? WHAT SHOULD BE BROUGHT FOR THE BODY?? IS THIS TRUE? WHY WOULD MAGETS COME FROM A BODY IF IT'S ON THE SHOWROOM? I WAS TOLD THE EMBLAMENT PROCESS TOOK PLACE IN A CUT IN THE NECK AT THE MAIN ARTERY?? WHY IS THE CHEST OF A WOMAN NEVER SHOWN. ON ALL BODIES, I HAVE NOTICED THE BODY IS ALWAYS COVERED TO THE NECK. IS THIS WHY THE ARTERY IN THE NECK IS CUT????

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