Most Common Violations of Embalming Standards of Care and How to Avoid Them

Published by Illinois Funeral Directors Association


While the funeral service profession is an ever-changing workplace, there are certain expected practices in embalming, known as “Standards of Care.” Understandably, funeral professionals are expected to follow these prescribed standards. These standards are ones that must be revisited by all levels of funeral service professionals over the course of their careers to ensure that consumers are treated fairly and with respect. Failure to follow standards of care also may lead to a negative reputation for the embalmer, the funeral home, and the funeral profession. It is of the utmost importance that funeral professionals and funeral homes revisit these core principles to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided to families who select and pay for the funeral professional’s services. Failure to follow professional standards of care may lead to costly litigation and failure to meet client expectations.

This one-hour (50 minute) seminar is focused on some of the most commonly violated standards of care related to embalming and funeral service practice across the United States. Suggested protocols, based on approved standards of care, will be offered and explained so that seminar participants can avoid these pitfalls. The following will be discussed during the seminar:

  • What is a standard of care?
  • Who sets these standards?
  • Why following standards of care is so important?
  • The cost of failing to uphold approved standards of care.
  • Specific standards of care most commonly violated in the funeral profession, especially related to embalming and preparation of the un-embalmed body.
  • Review of suggested embalming standards of care related to the previously mentioned violations.

Jzyk S. Ennis, Ph.D.
Jzyk S. Ennis, Ph.D. (pronounced Jay-zick) is employed as a full-time instructor in the Funeral Service Education Program at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, and as a part-time funeral director for Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Alabama. Dr. Ennis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Alabama and Georgia, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) and a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO). He began teaching as an adjunct...More

Originally Published

July 8, 2020

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