Although death is a part of life, it’s not easy to think about all the details and planning that happens when a loved one passes away.
Luckily, you won’t have to because there are people whose job it is to help you through one of the most difficult times in your life. The mortician will help you plan the funeral so that you can mourn the death without all the worries.
This is a huge responsibility…the funeral director needs to make sure that they provide the best funeral possible. This is a job they take extremely serious however it’s not always easy.
Not everyone knows all the work that goes on before the funeral. There is a lot of planning, preparing and attention to detail that most of us wouldn’t even think of.
1. Special lighting is used at funerals
Embalming can help to replace some of the rosiness in the skin thanks to the red dye that is added to formaldehyde, but most times the grey hues are hard to contend with.
Funeral director Amy Cunninham revealed these secrets “Mortuary schools teach color theory and stage lighting—how to use colored gels over the ceiling lights.”
Therefore the family members get to see their loved ones looking a little “livelier”.
2. Getting the ‘perfect’ at peace look is difficult
Open casket funerals are not easy to prepare for. Funeral directors have to perform the process of “setting the features,” which is very intricate.
“They are required to fill the throat and nose with cotton before they sew the mouth closed. They also have specialized spiked cups that are placed under the eyelids to keep them from opening or caving in.”
3. The ‘secret weapon’ they use is in our kitchen drawer
They actually have been known to use super glue to hold the eyelids and mouths closed.
They also use it the same way hospitals do these days, to close up any wounds.
Cunningham has another trick she uses if the hands won’t stay neatly overlapped. “If you need to keep a deceased person’s hands folded neatly at their abdomen, but their arms keep falling down into the sides of the casket, you can gently bind their thumbs with a ponytail tie.”
4. “Protective” caskets can actually cause explosions
Claims to vacuum seal the casket can actually be dangerous!
This buildup of methane gas leads to what is known as “exploding casket syndrome,” which can cause the lid of the casket to blow off.
5. Somethings need to be removed from the body before cremation
If a family makes the decision to have their loved one cremated, the mortician is required to remove pacemakers.
If a pacemaker is left inside a body, it could explode and cause damages to their equipment costing them (or you) upwards of $10,000.
There is one other thing that needs to be removed… metal replacement joints like a hip or knee. These cause the same type of damages.
6. “Funeral waste” doesn’t have special instruction to get rid of.
One might think that with all the restrictions on hospitals and health care in general, that all of the bodily fluids and chemicals like formaldehyde would be required to be disposed of with caution. Contrary to that reasoning, the industry standard is to simply to wash it all down a normal drain to be filtered through the treatment plants.
7. You will never see bodies being picked up in various location
They have discrete vans they use to transport bodies so the general public doesn’t’ notice them.
8. There are restrictions for where a body can be buried
Funeral director Sarah Wambold revealed the regulation that prevents this. “A body must be buried at least four feet from a tree to protect its root system. It’s a bit of an adjustment for people who are committed to the image of being buried under a tree, but that’s not always the greenest option for the tree. Wouldn’t they rather allow the tree to continue to live?”
“Instead, she suggests that after the body is laid to rest that the family plant a new tree over it. That way the roots will grow properly and won’t be affected or harmed.”
9. Funerals are provided a no cost for young children or stillborn babies
“It is a tradition in the funeral industry to provide funerals to the families of stillborn babies and very young infants at cost,” Cunningham revealed.
“Funeral directors do not care to make a profit on the deaths of children, and in fact, the death of a young child saddens the whole firm more than almost anything else.”
10. Your loved ones can wear a favorite outfit and it will always fit.
Was there an outfit that your loved one adored? Well, a mortician can make it fit. They can cut it completely and just place it over top of the body. No one knows and it looks as if they are wearing it correctly.
Even though this is the most painful time you can rest in knowing that there is a lot of care taken during the preparation of your loved one’s funeral.