Care of the body

To embalm or not – your options

In most circumstances embalming is not compulsory – please do not hesitate to discuss the options with us.

Should embalming be required, Broadbent & May prefers to use, where possible,
a non-toxic, biodegradable product developed in New Zealand.

Embalming is a procedure that preserves the body, slowing the natural process of deterioration. It allows family members and friends to confidently spend time with the deceased, to take their time to say goodbye either in the home environment or in our viewing room.

Spending time and caring for the deceased by dressing, applying make-up or hairstyling can be an affirming experience.

Natural alternatives

We will advise and support you with alternative preventative methods. Their efficacy will depend on the cause of death or climatic conditions, possibly limiting your options to view the deceased.

Many families opt to delay the transfer into our care taking time to acknowledge the death and to say goodbye. They gather together and ‘lay out’ the deceased, washing and dressing them, a natural extension of the care given in life.

A requirement of a Natural Burial is that the deceased is not embalmed, in this instance the deceased can be kept in a temperature controlled environment until the day of the funeral.

Absolutely paramount is that the dignity of the deceased is never compromised.