I found this site by accident & I must say I never thought I would learn so much about death. I have read all the comments & still have a question. If embalming is specifically for the living (funeral), is it necessary if the casket is closed or can the body just be refrigerated? Even though I haven’t decided what my last wishes are, I don’t think closed caskets are just for partial remains or badly disfigured bodies. I understand that even though families want to remember their loved ones by the way they looked at the funeral (especially restful & the peaceful look on their faces), some people still are a little freaked out (and some a lot) by the sight of a dead body bc it isn’t the person they knew. My grandmother passed in Oct of 2011. At her funeral I didn’t go up to her casket to view her. I could see her from the first pew in the chapel, at a distance & that was comfortable enough for me. I wanted to remember her in my own way. The funny, excellent cook she was who always spoke her mind and loved me whole heartedly her entire life. Kudos to you for offering us this useful information. I’m sure it will help us if and when we are faced with these difficult decisions.