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Embalmer

Job Summary

Responsible for preparing the deceased's body for burial. Disinfects and cleanses body, empties body of blood, and injects body with chemicals for preservation purposes.

Primary responsibilities

  • Prepare dead bodies for burial.
  • Remove body place where person died.
  • Take body to funeral home.
  • Fill out paperwork.
  • Log personal items.
  • Write down any bruising, discoloration, or cuts that are manifest on the body.
  • Document procedures and chemicals to be used.
  • Remove clothing, bandages, and anything else upon the body.
  • Use disinfectant to cleanse skin and face.
  • Massage muscles if rigor mortis has set in to loosen them.
  • Shave male and female faces with razor.
  • Place limbs in ideal position for viewing.
  • Glue eyelids together or place cotton balls behind eyelids to prevent dehydration.
  • Tie jaw together with piece of suture string.
  • Place mouth former in mouth to shape it.
  • Glue lips in place.
  • Squeeze caulk inside mouth to give it a fuller shape.
  • Mix embalming fluid and prepare for injection.
  • Inject embalming fluid into artery.
  • Drain blood from a nearby vein simultaneously.
  • Inject chemicals into other areas of the body.
  • Ensure blood is drained into sewer system.
  • Remove arterial and jugular tubes and tie vessels shut.
  • Suction fluids out of internal organs with trocar.
  • Inject cavity fluid into torso.
  • Wash body and hair to remove chemicals.
  • Apply makeup to face and hands and trim nails.
  • Style hair and place clothes on decedent.

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