Man­ning Fu­ner­als of­fers nat­u­ral op­tion

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

Em­balm­ing has for many years been the way in which fu­neral homes ap­proach death. But Man­ning Fu­neral Cot­tage has a unique way of car­ing for fam­ily mem­bers, and that is through a wholly nat­u­ral process.

Martha-Louise As­mus of Man­ning Fu­neral Cot­tage at 31 Ge­orge St, Newmarket has been a fu­neral di­rec­tor in Auck­land for the past 18 years and ad­mits she was highly scep­ti­cal of this op­tion when it was first sug­gested to her. Af­ter all, she had come from a con­ser­va­tive back­ground of fu­neral di­rect­ing where ev­ery­one was em­balmed.

Nat­u­ral body care is a process whereby the de­ceased is trans­ferred to Man­ning Fu­neral Cot­tage where they are washed with warm wa­ter and a se­lec­tion of fra­grant oils, their hair is sham­pooed and con­di­tioned and they are then dressed be­fore be­ing placed in their cas­ket. Cool­ing packs are placed on, and around the de­ceased, main­tain­ing a con­stant low body tem­per­a­ture. These packs are reg­u­larly changed and are re­moved for view­ings.

Martha-Louise says this process is not for ev­ery­one and each sit­u­a­tion is as­sessed on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis. A trau­matic death, in­fec­tious disease or a pro­tracted ill­ness may ne­ces­si­tate em­balm­ing, but where pos­si­ble, nat­u­ral body care is the cho­sen op­tion.

In say­ing this, Martha

Louise stresses that she will ad­here to the fam­ily’s wishes.

The im­por­tant thing is that fam­i­lies are al­lowed to spend qual­ity time with their fam­ily mem­ber with­out risk of harm, or dis­tress from an ad­verse sit­u­a­tion where a per­son should have been em­balmed.

Martha-Louise says that fam­i­lies of­ten ask how long a per­son can be kept with­out em­balm­ing and while she has had a sit­u­a­tion of one woman who had nat­u­ral body care be­ing viewed af­ter one week, the sit­u­a­tion could be vastly dif­fer­ent for an­other af­ter a much shorter time.

Spend­ing time with a fam­ily mem­ber or friend is a hugely im­por­tant part of death and while it is not for ev­ery­one, those who do should be able to come away with a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

To dis­cuss this fur­ther call Martha-Louise on 377 9790.

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