How to Put a Body in a Casket
29 SEP 2017
Funerals are sensitive,emotional occasions for the family and friends of those who have died. But even before the ceremony begins, the body must first be prepared and then lifted from the preparation table into the casket so that it may be presented at the funeral. Mortuary workers use body lifts to move the body carefully into the casket without disturbing or damaging the body.
1 Moving the Body
2 Set the body lift
Set the body lift so that the height of the lifting straps hang at the height of the preparation table. Most body lifts are adjusted using a lever on the arm of the lift.
3 Adjust the height of the casket
Adjust the height of the casket to closely match the height of the preparation table. Transferring the body into the casket will be much easier if the two surfaces are more or less equal in height. Roll the casket as near to the preparation table as possible.
4 Put on the gloves
Put on the gloves and secure the body lift straps around the body by gently lifting and rolling the body and then sliding the straps and fastening them snugly according to the size of the body. While most bodies are most securely cradled around the head, torso, hips and feet, you may find that the body is either top- or bottom-heavy, in which case you may need to adjust the placement of the straps.
5 Swing the secured body secured from the preparation
Slowly swing the secured body from the preparation table over the casket. Do not let go of the body lift at any point. Make sure your casket is prepared, clean and ready for your body.
6 Maintaining control
While still maintaining control of the body and body lift, gently lower the body until it rests in the casket. Remove the straps, smooth the garments and hair of the body and add any necessary touches before the ceremony.