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I'm a Funeral Services graduate embarking on a new career. I graduated high school in 1981, served honorably in the United States Navy from 1982-1986, been married since 1986, and have one son. I've relocated to a new state and have begun working in my chosen profession of Funeral Services, and I've never been happier.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

You Want Me To Do What?

We received an autopsied body this morning. When a body has been fully autopsied, all of the organs {including the brain} are removed and studied. Once the Medical Examiner or Coroner is finished with the body, the organs {called "viscera"} are placed in a plastic bag and put back into the now hollowed-out body. Once the body arrives at the funeral home, this bag is removed from the body and set aside, where the contents are saturated with a chemical called cavity fluid, which retards their decomposition. Once the rest of the body has been embalmed, these organs are placed back into the body cavity and the body is sutured closed. A lot of funeral homes will simply place the bag of viscera back into the body, but today I learned we actually remove the viscera from the bag when we return them to the body. That was my job. I handled the liver, the brain, the intestines, all of it. Once I returned the viscera, I sutured the body closed. Tomorrow we dress her and place her in the casket.

4 Comments:

Blogger She thought she was alone said...

See, that is exactly why we need people like you. I could not do that. I got physically sick just reading that. You are a good one for doing that. :P

8:45 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

That's why I want to be cremated.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Autopsies are fun :) No, just kidding. They take me forever to do, and my hands are always sore the next day from all the cranial and Y incision suturing. I don't mind injecting the subclavians and internal iliacs, I don't mind hypo'ing the thoracic and pelvic cavities...but the suturing kills my hands after a while. I'm always afraid I going to get carpal-tunnel. I feel bad for those commercial embalmers.

Paul

8:07 PM  
Blogger Granimore said...

I haven't done any cranial suturing yet; my bosses let the more experienced personnel handle that. Mostly I just do the Y, which, I agree, can be very tiring.

11:07 PM  

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