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  Professor Walther Thiel, an Austrian, developed an embalming process for medical cadavers. His process requires much less formaldehyde than conventional embalming fluids and, also, produces a much more ‘lifelike’ body with none of the hardness and stiffness associated with conventional embalming. Medical people are very keen on it —
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Eva Peron being inspected by the man who embalmed her   A lawsuit by a New Jersey mortician stricken with leukemia is casting a spotlight on embalming, a standard practice in the funeral industry. William Moore, 38 claims his illness was caused by exposure to formaldehyde, an ingredient in embalming fluid.
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  Lionel Batiste, embalmed and standing, at his wake on 19 July in New Orleans. Any insights into how this is done welcome. More pics of Batiste here.  
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    In the Bahamas some people are worried about their unregulated funeral industry, just as some British people are worried about their own unregulated funeral industry: “Have the Bahamian people been hoodwinked, run amok, bamboozled, by persons purporting to be funeral service practitioners who are (actually) charlatans? Charlatans are
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    “Contrary to popular belief, embalming a body is not required by law. However, every funeral home requires it for an open casket service. Otherwise, there will be odors and the body may look grotesque for viewing, which affects a funeral home’s reputation.“   Source
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  Posted by Richard Rawlinson   Back in the day, it was a given of the natural order that the decomposition of our remains made us part of the food chain. In the last few decades, the negative environmental impact of burial and cremation has become an ethical issue. Although
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  An email flies in from a consumer advocacy org in the US. It’s about a British funeral consumer, let’s call him Jim, who has asked them for help. Jim has been told by his funeral director that there will be no funeral until he pays most of the bill
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  Here’s a joy and a delight, a clip from the 1965 movie, The Loved One, adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh, a book which sits on every deathie’s bedside table. Mr Joyboy is played by Rod Steiger, Miss Thanatogenos by Anjanette Comer. The director was Tony Richardson 5
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  Josh Slocum, Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance in the USA, is a major hero to all who toil at the GFG-Batesville Tower. Here he is talking on the telly about funeral pricing and home funerals. It’s interesting to note the similarities with the British funeral industry, in
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    “I had to rebuild it in nine hours. I used everything: duct tape, masking tape, tissue builder, wound filler … I put, like, coat hangers and caulk in there and put him into a little baby outfit … He looked awesome.”   US embalmer Troy Schoeller on reconstructing the