Dimond And Sons, Silver Bell Chapel

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Would it be wrong for a person to be buried nude?
I don't see why it would be "wrong" for someone to be buried nude. People are born nude, sometimes they die nude. The real question is, would it be "right" for an individual to be buried nude. If their lifestyle was nudist oriented, or the family just wanted it for their own reasons, we would do it without question. About 12 or 14 years ago we encountered this request; the family was very discrete, we embalmed the remains and placed her in the casket without clothing, the family had a quiet, private visitation, we closed the casket for the public visitation and no mention was made of her state of dress. We had a church funeral and burial in the cemetery. I don't think any attendees knew of the couple's nudist lifestyle - it was never mentioned. I don't think they were ashamed of it, it was just private.

In another case, the family requested cremation, stated very emphatically that they were nudists and wanted the man placed in the container without any covering, so that's what we did.

One of my real hot buttons is the occasional lack of discretion by funeral home personnel. I sincerely believe that every family request should remain private. If they choose to tell someone outside our walls that they are doing something out of the ordinary that is their business, not ours. Funeral directors should accomodate every lawful request, disclose nothing about families' choices, never comment on the deceased's obesity, tattoos, piercings, etc. We often learn a lot about the family we are serving. As a profession, we owe them the absolute duty of retaining everything we hear within the conference room or the walls of the funeral home. Incidentally, the payoff is really big. You earn their respect, future business and referrals. And, you keep faith with the oath you take upon graduation from mortuary science college.



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