What Do Funeral Homes Do With Organs?

Many funeral directors are skilled in embalming or can arrange for an embalmer at the funeral home of your choice.

Funeral homes remove organs for donation if the deceased is an organ donor. But if this is not the case, then the organs are often left inside the body while the mortician injects embalming fluid and prepares the corpse for the funeral. Organs removed for autopsies are preserved and then incinerated.

For example, if the service you choose includes a viewing of the remains, the funeral home may require embalming and body preparation, which can be costly. Depending on the style of the funeral or the organization of the burial, embalming may be beneficial.

Embalming ensures that the body does not decompose before, during, or at the time of burial. Embalming corpses simply acts to preserve them so that they will look natural at the funeral.

Funerary Services are a Societal Need

The funeral industry promotes embalming and seeing as a way to show “proper respect for the body” and establish a “clear identity” for the corpse so that those who see the body cannot deny the reality of death. Most funeral directors do not arrange public displays of the body without embalming and cosmetic restoration. As far as funeral homes are concerned, many do not allow public viewing of a body without first being embalmed, but there is still no specific law requiring that a body be embalmed and brought to a “realistic” state for display.

To prepare for this, the funeral home usually asks if the body should be embalmed. The funeral home will be able to embalm the body and open the coffin after handing over the tissues.

Now that the body has gone through all of this, burial at home is a little more difficult, but still possible if the family wants it. Here, a family wishing to have a funeral at home demanded a body to take the body home. The ideal situation for a home funeral is for the person to die at home, immediately bathe, dress and care for the family, and then leave for a few days before going to the crematorium or cemetery.

Alternatives to Traditional Funerals

Some people instead choose to have their loved ones cremated in the country where they died and take the ashes home for burial. The exception is if the person was abroad when they died and their body is repatriated to the UK or their home country for burial. Many families, even if a loved one’s body is to be cremated, will opt for a service where the family and friends of the deceased can visit the body at the funeral home prior to cremation.

Private or home visits by family and close friends can take place without embalming and are much more “traditional” than some of the services promoted by the funeral industry of the same name. If you do not opt ​​for embalming, the funeral director can prepare the bodies of your loved ones for pre-burial viewing by following many of the same steps: washing people’s bodies, shaping their facial features, combing their hair, and dressing them. them.

At a minimum, the funeral home will issue a death certificate, transport the body, coordinate with the cemetery or crematorium, make the necessary arrangements, and transport the body to the cemetery or crematorium. Once the death is confirmed, we will go to the family’s home or hospital to collect the body and return it to the funeral home. Sometimes the funeral director takes the body from hospitals, sometimes from someone’s home.

Funeral Directors Collaborate with the Family

In addition to delivering the remains to the AGA, the funeral director will work with the family or other responsible person to provide the necessary forms when the remains are delivered to the AGA. Some states allow families to dispose of the body themselves once the body can be released, but most hire a funeral director. The coroner declares the death an accident (or even murder, as the case may be), after which the body can be transferred to a funeral home. Once the organs are removed, the body will be sent to a coroner or coroner as it is not a natural death.

Most cadavers are not autopsied if the patient died during treatment. Mortuaries store corpses until they are identified or autopsied. The undertaker cannot refuse embalming or other manipulation of the body, regardless of the cause of death of the deceased. In addition, the home cannot charge additional costs for the preparation or handling of the body of a person who has died from an infectious disease such as AIDS, hepatitis, or tuberculosis.

The Role of the Funeral Home in Embalming the Deceased

In a funeral home, an embalmer is responsible for embalming and preparing the body of the deceased for funeral and burial or cremation. As an embalmer, you can expect to wash and disinfect the dead body to prevent infection and deterioration, replace body fluids and gases with antiseptics, wash and style the deceased’s hair, and use restorative and cosmetic processes to create a natural look.

When the funeral director begins embalming, the body is placed on a special china or stainless steel table, like you might find in an operating room. First, funeral directors place the remains on stainless steel or porcelain embalming tables, unlike those used for autopsies.

Embalming is also usually required when there will be a period of time between the moment of death and the process of burial or cremation. If funeral procedures take place more than 24 hours after death, it is recommended that the deceased be embalmed in order to maintain the best possible physical condition before decomposition begins.

In circumstances where a person has not been embalmed and is being brought home for an open or closed wake, the funeral is usually held within a few days of death, with the room kept very cool. Memorial services without the presence of the deceased can still be held, and typically the body will be cremated at the end of the search period and the cream returned to the family.

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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