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TRUTHS ABOUT EMBALMING


Since embalming replaces body fluids with embalming fluid, which is a combination of various chemicals including formaldehyde,
there are concerning environmental and health implications.  After being embalmed, the bodies are then either buried or cremated,
thereby leaching these chemicals into our land, waterways and atmosphere. Despite documented proof that formaldehyde
and continuous contact with it is directly associated with various forms of cancer such as myeloid leukemia, its use continues.

Formaldehyde (like so many chemicals used by industry) is a poison that affects the earth,
all forms of life and potentially the food we eat
and the water we drink that comes from the land and watersheds.
It also creates a dangerous work environment for people in the funeral industry.


Fortunately, there are now several safer formaldehyde-free embalming fluids, including one made entirely of biodegradable ingredients,
which recently earned the Green Burial Council seal of approval. If you are faced with the need to have someone embalmed
who has recently died, for repatriation for example, ask the funeral home you are dealing with if they carry these products.

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Embalming
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