Religious Perspectives on Embalming

While embalming is a fairly common practice in the United States, many religions and cultures have strict prohibitions against embalming, while others are neutral on the practice. Below are some major religions' perspectives on embalming.

Anglican/Episcopalian

Embalming is acceptable in the Episcopalian faith.

For more information, see our article Anglican/Episcopalian Funeral Traditions.

Baptist

Embalming is acceptable for Baptists, and may be necessary before the viewing.

For more information, see our article Baptist Funeral Traditions.

Buddhist

Embalming is acceptable in Buddhism.

For more information, see our article Buddhist Funeral Traditions.

Catholic

Embalming is acceptable for Catholics, and may be necessary before the Vigil.

For more information, see our article Catholic Funeral Traditions.

Eastern Orthodox

Embalming is acceptable for Eastern Orthodox Christians.

For more information, see our article Eastern Orthodox Funeral Traditions.

Hindu

Embalming is acceptable in Hinduism.

For more information, see our article Hindu Funeral Traditions.

Jewish

Embalming and cosmetology are not allowed for Jews unless required by law.

For more information, see our article Jewish Funeral Traditions.

Lutheran

Embalming is acceptable for Lutheran, and may be necessary before the viewing.

For more information, see our article Lutheran Funeral Traditions.

Methodist

Embalming is acceptable in the Methodist faith.

For more information, see our article Methodist Funeral Traditions.

Mormon

Embalming is acceptable for Mormons.

For more information, see our article Latter-day Saints/Mormon Funeral Traditions.

Muslim

Embalming and cosmetology are not allowed for Muslims unless required by law. 

For more information, see our article Muslim Funeral Traditions.

Presbyterian

Embalming is acceptable for Presbyterians, and may be necessary before the viewing.

For more information, see our article Presbyterian Funeral Traditions.

Quaker

Embalming is acceptable for Quakers.

For more information, see our article Quaker Funeral Traditions.

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