Embalming is a preservation process your funeral director can carry out. By using special chemicals, it helps preserve the person who has died in order to maintain their appearance.
There is no obligation to have your loved one embalmed, but if you would like to have an open coffin, repatriate your loved one, or if there is a long delay for the funeral, you will need to consider embalming.
However, those opting for a natural or eco-funeral might choose not to embalm their loved one. This will ensure that the embalming chemicals are not introduced to the environment.