Embalming Vs American Funeral

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Chances are that someone close to you has died in your lifetime. The death of someone close leaves many people feeling empty and for some is difficult to overcome. Despite all of that, the most tragic part of this is that the American and Canadian funeral industry is needlessly profiting on the grief of their customers. They exploit vulnerable family members and convince them that an expensive and “traditional” funeral is the only way to respect the deceased. Since most people don 't confront their mortality, the families often don 't know how they want to be disposed of and end up bankrupting themselves on these funerals that cost a grave load of money. When you think about, why would you need to be preserved and placed in a fancy casket…show more content…
Yet funeral directors tell their vulnerable grieving customers that it’s necessary for open caskets and that it is the only way to keep the bodies safe and sanitary. But those things are just untrue, as refrigeration is just as effective and much cheaper than embalming. According to the World Health Organisation, bodies pose almost no threat to the living, so it 's completely safe to be around them and even touch them. But since grieving customers don 't know better, funeral directors charge people ridiculous sums of money to embalm. And if you thought that embalming is respectful and gives dignity to the deceased, think again. Embalming is the most disrespectful thing you can do to a body. I can bet most of you don 't even know how it 's done. The entire process involves wire shutting the jaw, sealing the eyes with glue, then puncturing and draining the internal organs through a hole in the abdomen, pumping the arteries full of formaldehyde and finally stuffing the internal cavities full of cotton. Not very respectful I would say. As pointless and expensive embalming is, caskets are even worse. Fancy caskets that funeral directors pressure you to buy. Many funeral homes charge thousands of dollars for these caskets which you get to see for a few hours before they bury it into the ground where it…show more content…
It’s really no different than burying yourself with thousands of dollars in cash. Funeral directors love to emphasize how beautiful and high quality their caskets are. They better be damn beautiful, because for many people it 's one of the most expensive things they 'll ever buy. Caskets are just wasteful, and when they charge upwards of ten thousand dollars for some caskets, there’s a serious problem. There are so many better options compared to “traditional” funerals. Cremation is a strong contender, but somewhat harmful to the environment. Your best bet is to have a “natural” burial. These eliminate the frills of a “traditional” funeral and instead are done the way humans have done it for thousands of years. If it’s a tried and tested method, why change it and add unnecessary crap? We’ve been just digging holes in the ground and burying dead bodies in them, and everythings turned out just fine. And now I’ve saved this part for last, but this is important. Everyone single one of us here will die. It’s a difficult fact to accept, but critical that you do so. If you want to minimize the negative impact that your death will have on your family and friends, at some point in your life you will have to sit down with them and confront
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