All is not well in embalming world

Not all embalmers are certified, and botched jobs are not uncommon

Donning scrubs, surgical masks and latex gloves, they spend hours in backrooms hunched over metal tables and preserving dead bodies with a concoction of chemicals.

But not all embalmers have received formal training or possess the relevant certificates to do so, say industry insiders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 15, 2019, with the headline 'All is not well in embalming world'. Print Edition | Subscribe