Embalming is the process of preserving a deceased person's body for a short period of time.
Typically, the procedure done when the deceased will be viewed publicly during a Funeral.
In most cases, embalming is not required by law and Surviving Families can choose to have a viewing without it. However, it may be required when the body needs to be transported across state lines or used for medical research.
Although embalming is non-religious practice, it is prohibited by certain faiths, such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jehovah's Witness.