Caring for the body

You might want to keep the body at home for some time.

The process of caring for the body is different in different cultures and religions. Some families like to carefully wash and dry the body and sometimes wash and tidy their loved one’s hair. They might also close the eyes and support the mouth to stay closed.

Some people decide not to prepare the body in any particular way. Or if you prefer, you can ask the funeral director to wash and dress your relative’s body.

You can keep the body at home until the funeral if you like.

In some situations, a funeral director might recommend they embalm the body if it is going to be at home for longer than a few days. For example, a body might decompose more quickly if they had certain infections or medicines before they died, or if it is warmer weather.

Embalming the body involves putting embalming fluid into the bloodstream to delay decay. You could contact a funeral director if you wanted to find out more about embalming.