Do you have a choice with embalming?
You should reasonably expect to be informed about the embalming process and the advantages it offers. It should only be undertaken where an effective result is judged to be achievable. Unfortunately, this does not always occur.
This is because many people accept the process as “cosmetic treatment” and do not recognise it as embalming. Also, the process may be routinely carried out as an inclusive part of the funeral “package” without express permission. This decision is important, as the process will involve an additional cost on the funeral account. In fact, the British Institute of Embalmers have issued a Code of Ethics that clearly supports the need to make a specific decision about embalming. This states: “The clients informed consent, preferably in writing, must be obtained”.
If you are opposed to embalming, it may be advisable to expressly forbid it.