People have long held the mistaken notion that the embalming procedure used on deceased people by mortuaries preserves the remains for years and years and prevents the corpse from decaying away as time goes by.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Embalming sanitizes the body and does act as a temporary preservative — good enough for the length of time the deceased is normally retained by the funeral director — but once the body is interred into a tomb or a grave, the microscopic elements that cause decay begin their work and usually within the space of a few months, the body that looked so “Natural” at the “Viewing” at the funeral home is ghastly, swollen and discolored and not at all pretty to look at.
Did you know that in some states of The United States, embalming is not mandated by law and any relative can take the corpse (Once certified as deceased by the Coroner or other responsible authority), put it in an automobile and drive it wherever the driver wants to go? At least this is what I have been told — do not take my word for it. It is just something that I was told once a long time ago.