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FAQs: Embalming

1. What is embalming?
 
2. Is embalming necessary?
 

Question #1What is embalming?
Answer:Embalming is the temporary disinfection, preservation, and restoration of the body. During the embalming process, the body is washed and dressed and cosmetics are applied.

Question #2Is embalming necessary?
Answer:If the body has to be transported to a country that requires embalming, then yes, it is necessary. Otherwise the decision is up to you. Some religious traditions forbid embalming. If your religion allows it, we recommend embalming if there is a long wait before burial or cremation.

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It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Pre-Arrangement

Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

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(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com