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The State of Embalming: Why long-term licensees might be a bigger issue than new practitioners

Recently, while embalming the remains of a woman who had died in hospice, the funeral director came into the preparation room and said that the casket was to be closed. In our discussion about that, the director told me that the deceased had requested her casket be closed. Why? Because at the recent funeral for her sister, the woman had been horrified at the appearance of the remains. In fact, she felt that since her sister's remains looked so bad, the casket should have been closed.

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