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Kendra Aarhus

Who Fixes Your Hair for Your Funeral?

By January 26, 2010

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Unfortunately, I was reminded of this question over the weekend, and it didn't occur to me that many people just don't know what their options are about their hair when they pass away. Like many people, I'd like to go out with my hair looking nice. Hair kind of defines a person's look in life, so final memories of a person before being laid to rest should be familiar and respectful. So here's the skinny.

When a person dies, their body is taken to a funeral home where it is prepared for the viewing, funeral and burial. Many decisions have to be made during this process. The family of the deceased will provide clothes for the person to wear and photos so the funeral home knows what they looked like in life.

Most funeral homes have someone onsite that can apply makeup and style the deceased's hair, others contract a hairstylist to do this work for them. The family can also make arrangements with a licensed hairstylist or barber of their choice to fix the hair of their loved one. Some hairstylists frequently style their client's or family member's hair upon their death, others prefer not to perform these services.

While the subject of your hairstyle at your funeral probably isn't something that you think of on a regular basis, it's always good to know, just in case you find yourself making funeral arrangements.

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