Keeping a Body Cool
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One Utah family explained,
"One pack went under the head, one went under each shoulder blade, two side-by-side under the kidneys, and one over the abdomen.
We traded them out every 6 hours or more, and they were still cold enough to remain there longer.
We kept our mother's body for almost 72 hours. We had a celebration of life at our nearby church, without the body, then family came and just enjoyed the sweet spirit at home, until the mortuary sent their representatives out to pick up the body for a cremation."
Another family described their father's February funeral preparations,
"His body remained in the casket in the van with which we picked him up from Delta Cargo.
We kept the van parked in our garage for two days. We lit the inside of the van with a spotlight to bring the feeling of love and care we felt for him. We were blessed with a perfect 40 degrees the entire time as family flew in for the services."
Another option is to use dry ice. A typical adult body requires about 16 lbs per day. Have on hand: Heavy Gloves, a hammer and chisel or screw driver for breaking sections of the ice (never touch with bare hands) To place the dry ice against the body: wrap the peice of dry ice in a paper bag, then wrap that in a cloth. Then placed under the body. It keeps the body nicely without freezing it or causing a ghostly mist.
Neither Federal nor State law requires you to follow State Licensure Rules for Funeral Directors when you care for dead loved ones. Just like no law requires you to follow State Licensure Rules for Hairdressers when you cut your family's hair.
Since we know bodies smell as they decompose we willingly want to apply principles that slow decomposition. We do this for the same reason that we refrigerate fresh groceries. No law is required to get people to take care of groceries properly, neither is there to care for our deceased loved ones who are far more precious to us than groceries.
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