Most families’ seek to find the best way to bury their loved one. Many families’ that I’ve encountered in Philadelphia believe in a lot of funeral myths. Some of these myths are simply passed on from generation to generation while other myths come from funeral home marketing.
I have compiled a list of some of these common funeral myths to share with the families’ of Philadelphia; some of these funeral myths range from embalming and caskets to insurance and vaults. Breaking these myths will help you make wise decisions while planning your loved ones funeral. After reading these myths please make it your responsibility to take action, stand-up for what you know and make decisions based on the facts.
Here are your common Funeral Myths
Embalming Myth # 1 – Embalming is required by law? – Embalming is not required for the first 24 hours. To avoid embalming, refrigeration is almost always an alternative to embalming if there will be a delay before final disposition.
Embalming Myth # 2 – Embalming is for public safety? – Embalming does not protect the health of the public. However, the toxic chemicals in embalming fluid can create a health hazard for embalmers.
Embalming Myth # 3 – Embalming preserves the body – Yes, embalming can preserve the body, however after about a week or so the body can start the decomposition process. Temperature, climate and choice of embalming chemicals will affect the rate of preservation.
*If you are going to have a funeral within 24hours, direct burial, memorial service, graveside service or cremation you DO NOT need embalming.
Embalming Fact – Embalming in most modern cultures, is the art and science of temporarily preserving human remains to forestall decomposition and to make them suitable for public display at a funeral. The three goals of embalming are thus sanitization, presentation and preservation (or restoration) of a corpse to achieve this effect. Embalming has a very long and cross-cultural history, with many cultures giving the embalming processes a greater religious meaning.
Caskets Myth # 1 – Protective caskets preserve the body – caskets are designed to encase the body, protect the body and keep natural elements away from the body. Scientifically human remains are known to release fluids as they decompose which leads to the casket rusting from the inside out.
Casket Myth # 2 – Caskets are required by law – Most families’ believe they need a casket. Caskets are not required by law or by the cemetery. In lieu of a casket human remains can be placed in alternative containers.
Casket Fact – Most families’ choose a casket that represents the life their loved one lived. They choose caskets based on color, style, corner fixtures, handles and so much more.
Make wise decisions while planning your loved ones funeral and stay tuned for Part 2 of common funeral myths. Please feel free to leave comments and questions below.
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