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Embalming

Postby Huw » Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:18 pm

I've read that embalming isn't a requirement in the state of Ohio...but is it required if there is an open casket and calling hours? Does the burial have to take place within a certain number of days if the body is not embalmed? Thank you.
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Embalming

Postby Arvil » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:22 pm

Ohio has NO laws requiring embalming at any time, for any reason. That said, many funeral homes will refuse to have a public viewing unless the body is embalmed. You can usually arrange for private viewing for some family members with no embalming. Or you could keep the body at home--if that's where the death occurred--and have whatever viewing or visitation there before calling a funeral home.

No law about how many days before burial or cremation. FYI in the Netherlands it's 5 days, and they don't embalm there as a rule. Temperature has more to do with decomposition than the time elapsed after death. At 70 degrees or less, you should be fine for the first two or three days. In winter, crack the window and turn off the heat. In summer, use an air conditioner. Or use dry ice packed in pillow cases around or under the body to last longer.
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Embalming

Postby Hurley » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:03 pm

I've read that embalming isn't a requirement in the state of Ohio...but is it required if there is an open casket and calling hours? Does the burial have to take place within a certain number of days if the body is not embalmed? Thank you.
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