We cover some other questions you may have regarding funeral delays…
How much will it cost to delay a funeral?
If you have chosen to delay a funeral, then you should speak with your funeral director regarding additional charges for keeping your loved one in their care.
The cost of your funeral services package may cover these types of circumstances. Especially if a funeral needs to be delayed for reasons beyond your control.
When can you hold a funeral?
The most common time to hold a funeral is around midday during the week.
Weekend and bank holiday services tend to cost more money and may not be possible with some funeral directors. Saturday morning is the most popular time for a weekend funeral.
Early morning weekday slots are the most affordable, but may not be convenient for everyone to attend.
How long after death can you have a viewing?
Family viewing at the chapel of rest usually takes place a few days after death. This allows enough time for the funeral director to prepare and dress the deceased beforehand.
If the funeral is delayed, then you may need to delay the viewing as well. This is possible but the funeral director will probably recommend that the body is embalmed for preservation.
How long does embalming last?
Embalming simply slows down the changes a body goes through after death.
How long it lasts depends on the condition of the body prior to embalming as well as the strength of embalming fluid. It also depends on where the body is held afterwards.
This means the lasting effects of embalming is largely unknown, but it could be from one week to many months.
How long can a body stay in the mortuary?
Usually, a body can stay in the mortuary at the funeral home or hospital for as long as needed before the funeral.
Cold temperatures in the mortuary help to preserve a body but like with embalming, it won’t stop nature from taking its course eventually.
How long can a body be refrigerated?
A body can be refrigerated for three to four weeks, but if you need to delay the funeral then it can remain there a little longer.
If the body is embalmed, then there’s no need for refrigeration.
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