Preparation & Handling services 2018-05-02T17:05:48+00:00


Bodies in funeral homes may be stored for a short time, embalmed, restored, beautified, dressed before the funeral.

Ultimately,this depends on the family’s wishes and religious preferences, as well as the services that our funeral home is legally able or ethically willing to provide.

Lee Funeral home takes on the sensitive work of preparing the body for burial or cremation.We are also fortunate enough to have a team of staff who are friendly, compassionate, highly skilled, and dedicated to their profession.

Preparation & handling of your beloved

With utmost honor and respect,our skilled staff follow a few steps in preparation of your loved one’s body

Bear in mind that not all these services are mandatory when it comes to preparing and handling of the deceased.

Ultimately, it all comes down to the wishes of the family

Feel free to read on below to learn more

Preparing the Deceased for Viewing

Last Respects

The time we spend caring for someone’s needs, does not end with death.

There are many questions that must be answered after a loved one has passed and some of those questions revolve around preparation and proper disposal of the body.

An individual’s death can be just as unique as their life and having the right information will help you be informed as you make those important decisions.

Preparation of a deceased human body can be carried out in many forms. There will be an option that will satisfy your needs, meet your religious and personal beliefs, and correctly represent the life of your loved one.

What Happens to the Body After Death?

The body is removed from the place of death and brought  to the funeral home.

Before anything is done, the funeral home staff will obtain your permission and should explain what exactly will be done.

If they do not, you should feel at liberty to ask.

The first step, regardless of what type of disposition that you choose, is bathing and disinfecting the body.

This is done not only for the safety of the funeral home staff, family and friends, but also for dignity and respect of the deceased. A human body starts to change immediately after death occurs and bathing and disinfecting are necessary.

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What is the next Step ?

The next steps are ultimately decided by the family or friends in charge of arranging services.

The body can :

  • Be prepared and embalmed for traditional services (see Embalming below),
  • Dressed and placed in refrigeration for cremation,
  • Prepared for body donation or green burials,
  • Or arrangements can be made for transport to another country via  air travel.

In the case of accidental or traumatic death, autopsy, or organ donation, special services may be required to provide restoration to the body.


Helping families and friends honor their loved one

Always keep in mind that when making these final decisions, you have countless options. Aside from the basics, you can dictate to your funeral service professional exactly what you want when it comes to your loved one.

What is the next Step ?

After disposition has been chosen and the preparation has been completed, you will need to consider clothing and other mementos such as jewelry and any other accessories.

Options will vary depending on your previous choices.

Some religious beliefs will dictate simple garments or particular outfits or you may be able to choose any style of clothing.

You may use clothing previously worn by the individual or you may purchase new clothing.

 Tailoring funerals to meet the needs and expectations of each family.

When it comes to jewelry and mementos, keep in mind that anything you place with the deceased such as wedding rings, glasses, tie clips, etc., can always be returned to you before the final disposition takes place.

These items can be for temporary viewing purposes or they can be left with the individual indefinitely. It is up to you.

Final Step

The final step is preparing the body for private or public viewing. Cosmetics will be applied and the hair will be styled according to your wishes.

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Giving families comfort knowing their loved one will be treated with compassion and respect.

 What is Embalming & is it Necessary?

Embalming is a method of temporarily preserving the body to:

  • Make it easier to transport the body over a long distance.
  • Give the family & friends ample time to schedule and hold funeral services.
  • Enable the body to be viewed in an open casket.

In addition to preservation, embalming helps guard against health hazards.

Embalmers are licensed technicians and, in some  cases, are also Funeral Directors. To embalm the body, they inject preservative chemicals into the circulatory system. Using a special machine, the blood is removed and replaced with the embalming fluid.

Refrigeration can also preserve the body, and that is why we do not make embalming a requirement for Preparation & Handling of the deceased.

Ultimately, the decision on whether the deceased will be embalmed or not comes down to the wishes of the family.

Should you wish to learn more about embalming, feel free to contact us on 0722 401 861

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is available to you, Simply head over to Reserve your Appointment and view the funeral director’s
available times where we can be able to help you

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Frequently Asked Questions

Using our 33 years of experience to help you further understand Preparation & Handling

The funeral directors at Lee Funeral Home are available to answer all your questions. Should you have any inquiries regarding preparation & handling of the deceased, which is not reflected in the information provided, we encourage you to contact us.

How well does embalming preserve the body?

Embalming does not preserve the human body forever; it merely delays the inevitable and natural consequences of death. The rate of decomposition will vary, depending on the strength of the chemicals and methods used, and the humidity and temperature of the final resting place.If you would like to learn more on this service, feel free to contact us.

Is Embalming Necessary?

No. It is not.

Funeral providers should not misrepresent the legal necessity of embalming. In fact, funeral providers are required to inform their clients that embalming is not required by law, except in certain special cases. There are certain cases that do not require embalming. Some of them are:

  • Immediate burial.
  • Direct cremation.
  • A closed casket funeral without a viewing or visitation when refrigeration is available

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