Preparing the deceased


In this section Allan Drew Funerals has shared some information around preparing the deceased for the funeral service.

What is embalming?

Embalming is a chemical treatment of a body for disinfection and preservation.

It may be needed when:

  • There is a longer than average delay between death and the funeral
  • The deceased needs to be transferred overseas or interstate
  • The deceased’s wishes call for an above ground burial in a crypt or vault, or
  • Improving the appearance of the deceased for a viewing

Is embalming always required?

No, a common misconception exists that embalming is required by law.

Embalming is not required by law unless:

  • the deceased is being transported over long distances, or
  • the deceased is going to be placed in a crypt or a vault.

Embalming can be beneficial if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a viewing.

How long does it take to prepare the body?

It usually takes between 4-5 hours but there are many factors which can increase the time needed including the manner of death.