What is embalming?

In New Zealand, the term embalming generally refers to the process of disinfection, preservation, and presentation for viewing of a deceased human person. Embalming is used to forestall the process of decomposition during the interval between death and funeral or disposal of the deceased person.

What is the process of embalming?

A solution of chemicals in water, including preservatives, sanitizers, disinfection agents and humectant additives are injected using the human circulatory system to preserve deceased persons. The process aims to temporarily delay decomposition and restore a natural appearance to the deceased.

Why do people choose embalming?

The choice to embalm is a personal one. Your embalming service provider will confidently discuss with you the benefits of embalming so you can make an informed decision. Most people consider the benefits of embalming to be in the peace of mind inherent in knowing they can view the deceased over an extended period, that there is time to prepare for the funeral or for repatriation without the impact of decomposition effects. People choose embalming to allow for the restoration of a more natural appearance to the deceased after illness or injury.