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After death, most often people will contact a decent funeral home to assist with the preparation of the body and the funeral arrangements. Sometimes, however, families choose to have what’s known as a home funeral, or a DIY funeral. If you do choose this option, it’s best to prepare well so that you follow the proper procedures and get it right.
When should you do a DIY funeral?
- People who don’t want strangers taking away your loved one.
- If you feel that it will be your final act of love and a last way to “be with” the deceased.
- Are you more than capable of doing the job?
- If you other people’s opinions don’t bother you because many people will not approve.
- If you have at least six friends or family members who are willing to help you.
What you need to know beforehand:
Before taking on this important job, it’s crucial that you understand exactly what you are getting into. There are five important elements to consider prior to beginning.
You will need:
- To understand what difficulties you might encounter.
- To understand what may go wrong – and to be aware of the worst that could happen.
- The correct equipment.
- A manual.
- A plan B or a professional that you can call if you need emergency advice.
Depending on the time of year that death occurs, whether the person passed away from natural causes, and whether or not a post mortem is required, a home funeral should be fairly simple to organise. If the person passes away out of the home or dies as a result of an accident, it may become more complicated.
What about the body – will it be infectious?
If the deceased passed away from a disease that will put others at risk, the doctor should inform you. Most diseases and viruses cannot survive in a dead body for more than a couple of hours. The organisms associated with the decomposition may cause the body to smell bad but they do not cause diseases. You will need protective gear such as gloves and a mask.
Do you need to have experience?
Actually, caring for a dead person is much easier than caring for a small child or a frail adult. The abovementioned manual will give you all the information that you need.
How long can you keep the body in your home?
As long as you have a cool room to store the body in, you can keep it at your home for approximately a week.
What’s the worst that can happen?
Certain conditions can make dealing with a dead body a little more difficult. If the deceased had bed sores, oedema, infections, septicaemia, or was obese, then it can be much more difficult. Bear in mind that sometimes bodies can decompose quite rapidly. Different factors affect the rate that the body decomposes, including the cause of the death; the person’s size; what the deceased had in his or her stomach; and the medication that was taken. It’s advisable to consult a nurse to get advice on this.
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