Funeral directors Dil’s Funeral Services says embalming is the best method of keeping the deceased in a presentable state from the time of death till burial or cremation.
In New Zealand culture, when someone dies, the farewell may take many forms – a funeral services, a Tangihanga, a wake, a quiet gathering of friends. When this happens, many of the people closely involved find it very helpful to spend time saying goodbye. By viewing the person’s body that looks at peace and natural, rather than, say, in great pain, or surrounded by complex hospital equipment; has been shown to have the most benefit when mourning the loss of someone close.
To ensure that family and friends can have safe access and a positive experience, a body is best to be embalmed – sanitised, preserved and presented naturally – because nature begins to take its course very soon after death. The effects of long-term use of medications, viral and bacterial infections, or post mortem investigations can cause extreme conditions within the body, and may result in rapid decomposition.
Embalming enables everyone connected with the funeral – family, friends and professionals – to take part in farewell rituals with no unpleasantness or embarrassment, and without risk to their health.
It is a standard practice for the vast majority of the funerals to embalm the deceased. However, if the person is not to be viewed, family and friends have the option of not embalming the deceased. Dil’s offers advice regarding what the best course of action is that is essential to make an informed decision.
At Dil’s, the embalming is carried out to the highest level of skill and professionalism. They keep up to date with advances in the art of embalming and ensure that their practice is current with the standards set by the New Zealand Embalmers Association (NZEA). At all times they ensure that the loved one is treated with respect and dignity.
As a family business, Dil’s Funeral Service is now into the third generation of family ownership. Family values are at the heart of everything. They offer absolute honesty, integrity and respect at all times.
Their experienced staff provide warm and personal level of service. Dil’s Funeral Services is a member of the Funeral Directors' Association of New Zealand (FDANZ).