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Is embalming required?

Published: September 13, 2021

In most cases in the state of Oregon, embalming is not required. There are certain circumstances in which it is required though. For example, if the death is due to a communicable disease and the body will be transported, or a public viewing will take place, then an embalming is required. Similarly, embalming is required if a body is out of refrigeration for longer than six cumulative hours.

In addition to laws, sometimes embalming is required by cemeteries or mausoleums in order to be placed there. For example, a mausoleum may require embalming to slow the process of decomposition in the above ground burial chamber.

If a person is being cremated, most likely an embalming is not required. A notable exception to this is if there will be a public viewing or if the body will be present at the funeral before the cremation occurs.

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