In Wisconsin, do you have to be embalmed before being cremated?
#76234. Asked by kvm8558. (Feb 22 07 1:56 PM)
There is no law in Wisconsin controlling when bodies should be embalmed. In fact, Wisconsin law does not require that bodies be embalmed at all. In a few states embalming is required when crossing state lines; a few more states require embalming when the body is being transported by a common carrier.
Embalming has become a controversial topic. Some believe that embalming methods used by funeral homes do not preserve the body more than a few days and that dry ice or refrigeration would serve just as well. Also, it s questionable whether embalming is considered good for public health. Some feel it s a health hazard since it opens up the body and exposes workers to bodily fluids. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all embalmers work in gloves, facemasks and body suits. Embalming was once thought to halt the spread of communicable diseases but new studies have shown that certain bacterium can be found in bodies even after the process.
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