Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux et centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux
Embalming is a process used to preserve and disinfect a body after death. The process does not, however, protect the body against decomposition. Embalming is not compulsory but, in certain cases, it may be required before the body is viewed. Any body that is to be viewed for more than 24 hours, or that is to be viewed more than 18 hours after death, must be embalmed. Embalming is also required if the body remains for more than 24 hours at a temperature higher than 5 degrees Celsius. When the body is to be sent outside the province of Québec, it is best to check the rules on embalming applicable at the destination. No body may be embalmed less than six hours after confirmation of death. The body of a person who has died of smallpox, plague or cholera may not be embalmed. It must be incinerated without delay or immediately enclosed in an impervious and hermetically sealed coffin for burial. The viewing of a body is not compulsory. A body may be viewed in a person’s home in exceptional circumstances.
Successor Person who has not yet decided whether or not to accept a succession. After accepting a succession, a successor becomes an heir.
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