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A funeral is a declaration of a death that has occurred and a testimony to a life that has been lived. What is embalming? Embalming is the replacing of the fluids in the deceased with chemicals for disinfection and cosmetic purposes.

The temporary preservation is to permit the body to be present for the period of the funeral, including the visitation or wake, and for the funeral service.

For many people having the body viewed is important. It is an opportunity for reminiscence and acceptance of the death. Preparation, restoration and the use of cosmetic provide an image for recalling the deceased.

Some people want it open; others prefer the casket closed just before the service begins, especially if it is a religious service.

In most areas of the country, state or local law does not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave.  However, most cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the grave will not sink.  Either a burial vault or grave liner will satisfy these requirements.

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