Decay of Bodies
Name: Patrice M.
How long does it take for an embalmed body to
decay? Does it poison the earth around it as it decomposes?
I am not a mortician but I believe that the methods used these days to
preserve bodies prevents significant decay for quite a while. Not only is
the body embalmed, which prevents microbial decay, but the coffin is
and there is usually (often?) a cement crypt around the coffin. Besides the
organisms that are buried with the deceased (on the body and in the coffin
already) it is difficult for decomposers to get at the body. I do not
exact figure for you though.
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Update: June 2012