Preparation of the Deceased for viewing

Preparation of the deceased usually consists of embalming and dressing of the remains.

Embalming consists of the treatment of the remains with embalming fluid, by a qualified embalmer. This delays the natural decay that takes place after someone passes away, and usually helps to restore a more lifelike appearance. In addition to embalming, we wash and dress the remains, usually in their own clothes, although some people prefer to use a habit or shroud. If the deceased normally wore personal items, such as glasses, jewellery, or makeup, then we advise that they have these items when viewing takes place.

Simple preparation consists of washing and dressing, but without embalming.