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Regardless of the discoloration being a result of massive cardiac events, liver failure, traumatic injuries, positional staining, or following significant restorative efforts, we are left with a few plans of attack. Topical treatments, subdermal treatments and cosmetics (or a combination of the three) can yield good, acceptable results when used properly. Many of you have attended my lectures or read my articles and know I’m a proponent of injecting color to achieve a more natural appearance…as far as I’m concerned…with cosmetics, less is more! We have all heard friends and family lament horror stories regarding ‘overly cosmetized’ or dark bodies they have viewed. Many suggesting they looked like clowns, overly done, caked on, not natural and so on. We don’t won’t to be known as that firm. Before anyone in the business suggests ‘Wally is opposed to cosmetics’, that is inaccurate! Cosmetics and airbrushes have their place, when used appropriately. I have achieved success covering moderate discolorations by adding dye to isopropyl alcohol (I use alcohol because it dries much faster than water). In a stainless bowl with half cup of alcohol I add a drop of dye at a time until It’s close to the color I’m looking for. It will be bright in color and I begin by testing it on the shoulders to get the color ‘just right’. I apply with a brush and stipple it on, allowing the mixture By Wally Hooker, CFSP, MBIE to nearly dry, then I blot it with a Webril cotton ball. The secret here is to gently blot and not rub the surface. I do this in several applications to achieve the hue that is appropriate for the complexion of the deceased. I may add more on the warm features of the face to add more color. To speed up the drying process, you can use a hair blow dryer, but don’t dry the mixture completely. This process can yield great results and requires little cosmetic to finish up. Following extensive facial restorative efforts, I’ve found airbrush applied cosmetics to be an effective way to bring all the colors together. As I consult with colleagues, I find the biggest failure in using an airbrush is attempting to cover in one application and not using other colors for shadowing. I suggest several very light even coats…patience wins this race! More than likely the materials used to reconstruct the trauma and the injuries present leave us with a multitude of colors to cover. When attempting to cover discolorations with airbrush or without, it’s helpful to have a color wheel available for review. It’s very important to create a base on which to cosmetize and not attempt to cover in one heavy application. I suggest using light base coats or primer coats to cover the different colors present, before using cosmetics. If there are portions of the face that have a natural color or glow, I will lightly feather the cosmetic to that area and not cover it. The beauty of an airbrush is, it allows you to apply so little and feather it so it’s nearly impossible to see the line. Embalming 101 Following delicate facial/head repair where you’ve used waxes and artificial skin products…an airbrush gives you the ability to cosmetize without disturbing the surface, risking damage to your restorative efforts. By mixing colors you can add colors and shadows to recreate facial features that may have been lost. You can even apply cosmetics on the scalp through the hair with an airbrush. We’ll continue this series next month…be well and don’t be a Knucklehead embalmer! Wallace P. (Wally) Hooker CFSP, MBIE, is the owner, funeral director and embalmer of Family & Friends Funeral Home of Wingate, IN. He and his wife, Janet designed, established and built their funeral home in 2004. Wally is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, where he serves on the Advisory Board. He is Past President of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and previous board member of North American Division of the British Institute of Embalmers. In addition, he has served as chief deputy coroner/investigator of Fountain County, IN for the last 24 years. FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS www.NomisPublications.com Monthly Columnsonline at Post Embalming Considerations (Part 3) areas since their founding in 1896, this family owned and operated funeral home is currently run by fifth generation owner, Kyle Feerick. “My father, Patrick Feerick (fourth generation), never pressured me to go into the family business. However, I always worked at the funeral home, and it always seemed like a natural fit for me.” Feerick Funeral Home has long since proven their devotion to the community and has continued to adapt to their needs for over a century. Kyle says, “There has been a steady increase with cremation versus traditional burial for decades. However, in the last few years, the demand has risen exponentially.” Recognizing the need for reliable, compassionYour Real Source. Anywhere. Anytime. @Nomis.Publications Like News FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY online Feerick Funeral Home’s Edgewood Crematory Grand Opening Kyle and Patrick Feerick SHOREWOOD,WI— Feerick Funeral Home is excited to announce the grand opening of Edgewood Crematory in Saukville, WI. Serving Shorewood, WI, and the surrounding ate cremation options for those entrusted in his care, Kyle initiated the process to open his own crematory. The first step was gaining approval from the local zoning board. Kyle stated, “The Village understood what we wanted to do with the property, and how installing a crematory and cremation service along with it, would be a good asset to the community.” Thus began Feerick’s relationship with Cremation Systems, purchasing a CFS2300 human cremation chamber in late April of 2023. When asked why he chose to work with the retort manufacturer, Kyle responded, “We liked a number of things about Cremation Systems. First, that they are family owned, and in their third generation now. Second, that they are close, location-wise, to where we are. Third, I thought the customer service, specifically Tom Krowl, was fantastic right from my first call. He sincerely cared about our company and our needs; just like our family funeral home does with our families.” After performing their first cremation on November 6, 2023, Feerick Funeral Home completed 28 in their first 6 weeks of operation. He says, “The community as a whole has been very supportive of the addition of the crematory.” Kyle Feerick continues to carry on his family’s longstanding commitment to providing exceptional service to his community, also offering witnessed cremations for those that wish for an added comfort in their time of need. For more information about Feerick Funeral Homes, visit www.feerickfuneralhome.com. For more information about Cremation Systems, visit www.cremsys.com.