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my mother died of liver cancer four months ago,my dad died of brain cancer 1 month ago.my question is my mother was wrapped in plastic when i touched her arm i could feel the plastic wrapped around her couldnt see it but could feel it although my dad wasnt why did the funeral director do that?
Every case presents itself differently to the embalmer. The reason for wrapping an arm in plastic usually involves a collection of fluid in the lower part of the arm. Sometimes it is a separation of skin tissue. Your mother's death involved a cancer that is very involved in processing fluid. Usually, toward the end, the body starts collecting fluids because the lymph system stops working, the liver and kidneys fail, so the body cannot dispose of "waste" fluid. Therefore, when death occurs, the embalmer is left with this "buildup" of excess fluids throughout the system. If you recall your basic biology, cells move fluids through a system of permeable membranes. As long as you have a functioning system, water and other fluids only move one way through these membranes. As the systems break down, the fluids can't move on so other fluids back up. As the cells break down, they begin to allow fluids to move the other way through the membrane which makes the situation worse. The most common solution is to use a "drying" compound, either topical or injected into the small area and then wrap the area.

My mother died of brain cancer (astro-cytoma). That type of cancer allows many of the body's systems to keep functioning until the absolute end. By comparison, liver cancer is affecting an organ vitally responsible for cleansing the entire system. So, your dad's condition probably did not present nearly the problem to the embalmer that the effects of liver cancer did.

Thanks for giving me the information on the diseases. That makes it a lot easier to come up with a coherent answer.


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