November 2023

Page A9 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A From Mortuary Mysteries to Culinary Capers: Frigid Discovers the Joys of Cooking A Whimsical Tale of Embalmers Turning Kitchen Mavericks Think You Don’t Have Hard Water? You Might Want to Think Again? Frigid Fluid Unveils Innovative “Cosmetic Kit” Just in Time for the Holiday Season Frigid Fluid Co. Celebrates 200 Embalming Machines Shipped President Brian Yeazel Reflects on Success and Innovation in the Industry Frigid Fluid, a leading name in the funeral and mortuary industry, is proud to announce the upcoming release of its thoughtful “Cosmetic Kit” scheduled to launch at the beginning of December. This extraordinary kit promises to be the ideal holiday gift for embalmers and professionals in the field, offering a meticulously curated collection of cosmetics and instruments inspired by Amanda King’s insight for comprehensive color theories. The Cosmetic Kit by Frigid Fluid and Amanda King includes a range of carefully selected products and instruments, all designed to accentuate the natural features and accurate color hues, tones and complexions of decedents. This thoughtfully curated collection is poised to change the game for embalmers and funeral professionals, ensuring that their work is a true reflection of the deceased’s authentic appearance. Key components of the Frigid Fluid Cosmetic Kit include: a mortuary color theory palette, brushes and applicators, setting sprays and sealers, and a comprehensive instructional guide developed by Amanda King. The instructional guide will provide embalmers with invaluable insights into Mortuary Color Theory and its practical application. This Cosmetic Kit is set to empower embalmers with the tools they need to honor the memory of the deceased by accurately restoring their natural appearance. It combines the expertise of Amanda King BY BRIAN YEAZEL The Frigid team enjoying some quality time at Sur La Table in Las Vegas, after a successful NFDA convention. NORTHLAKE, IL — It’s with immense excitement that I share this milestone with you – Frigid Fluid Company has recently reached a significant achievement, shipping our 200th embalming machine. As the President and Owner of Frigid Fluid Company, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our journey, the groundbreaking innovation behind our embalming machines, and our commitment to the industry we serve. Over the past year, my team and I have had the privilege of demonstrating our state-of-theart embalming machine at events around the world. These events provided us with the opportunity to connect with a diverse audience, and if you were one of those who stopped by our booth, I extend my heartfelt thanks. Your support and engagement mean the world to us. To those who attended, I encourage you to share your experiences, thoughts, and questions with your colleagues. Reflecting on this journey, I understand that investing time and resources in a product within a niche industry may appear unconventional to some. Yet, I saw a unique opportunity to create a machine that goes beyond convention and sets new standards in the world of embalming. Let’s delve into the core design principles that have shaped our innovative embalming machine. First and foremost, it was imperative that our machine could handle the entire spectrum of chemicals used in the embalming process, a concept we proudly call “no limits embalming.” Countless hours of materials research and testing yielded components capable of withstanding the challenges posed by phenols and high-index cavity fluids. This breakthrough allows embalmers to seamlessly perform both arterial and hypodermic injections, saving valuable time and effort during embalming procedures. One of the standout features of our machine is its ability to provide embalmers with invaluable insights and data. The presence of clear and realtime numeric flow, pressure, and temperature readings enhances visibility into the embalming process. Imagine a scenario where an arterial constriction or blockage occurs. With our machine, embalmers can witness the flow rate plummet from 30 to 10 to zero ounces per minute in real time, enabling immediate and informed decision-making. This real-time feedback, combined with a laboratorygrade borosilicate glass tank and top-down mixing system, ensures that the embalming solution maintains the precise color and composition required for optimal results. To make the machine not only efficient but also user-friendly and enjoyable to operate, we’ve incorporated several thoughtful features. These include a silent close lid, a magnetic filter, an easy snap hose holder, large knobs designed for ease of use even with gloves, and the option for custom colors, allowing for personalization and a touch of individuality. In closing, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your time and attention. It’s my hope that this article sheds light on our journey, our commitment to innovation, and our dedication to helping embalmers “Embalm Better.” Our 200th embalming machine represents not just a milestone but a symbol of the unwavering dedication we have to our industry, where innovation continues to drive progress. For further information about Frigid Fluid Company and our embalming machines, please visit LAS VEGAS — Amid the neon lights and bustling streets, a delightful twist emerges. The Frigid Fluid team of Embalming Specialists, often surrounded by the quietude of their profession, has embarked on a culinary journey that is turning heads and tickling taste buds. From the intricate mysteries of mortuary science to the flavorful marvels of the kitchen, these embalmers are proving that life’s flavors can be as intriguing as death’s secrets. For embalmers, life is typically filled with the solemn rituals of preparing the departed for their final journey. But in the heart of Las Vegas, a recent culinary endeavor has taken them into a world that’s anything but conventional. With aprons in place of PPE and spatulas replacing embalming instruments, these embalmers have found an unexpected passion in the art of cooking, embracing the city’s vibrant culinary scene. These culinary adventures have revealed hidden talents among the embalmers. A steady hand once used for delicate procedures is now deftly wielding a chef’s knife. The precision that defined their embalming work has seamlessly transitioned into the kitchen, where meticulous attention to detail in plating and presentation reigns supreme. In the end, these embalmers turned chefs remind us that life is filled with unexpected joys waiting to be savored. As they continue their culinary escapades, they prove that the transition from embalming room to kitchen can be as seamless as it is delightful. In a world where death often takes center stage, these embalmers have found solace and celebration in the simple act of cooking, a reminder of life’s beautiful contrasts. So, the next time you wander the streets of Las Vegas and meet a Frigid Fluid embalming specialist, don’t be surprised if they tell you about their latest culinary creation. They may just surprise you with a dish that’s as extraordinary as their profession is unique. CHICAGO — Water is an essential resource that sustains life and supports various activities in both households and businesses such as funeral homes. However, not all water is created equal. Some water sources contain high concentrations of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium ions, leading to what is commonly known as hard water. It is important to recognize that calcium is responsible for the clotting reaction of blood and can create clots. Metals ions in general can become lodged in cell walls and block capillaries as well, reducing your solutions ability to diffuse properly. Identifying hard water in your funeral home is crucial for addressing the challenges it presents for embalmers. Evidence for hardwater includes white deposits on faucets, shower heads and other surfaces, soap scum buildup in sinks, decreased water pressures, fabric stains and a lack of foamy soap. While hard water is not harmful to human health, its impact on plumbing systems and appliances can be problematic. The buildup of mineral deposits can clog pipes, reduce water flow, and decrease the efficiency of water heaters and other appliances. This can also be true in your embalming machine, where a hard water situation can be created. If you are an embalmer who prefers to or is required to leave standing water in your machine, the evaporation of the water will leave any particulates behind. If you are not regularly flushing your machine and cleaning the filter, the likelihood of metals buildup in your machine increases. This can be remedied by regularly flushing your machine with Water Clot Guard that is designed specifically to isolate and cage calcium to prevent the clotting reaction and the lodging of metallic particles in the tissue. The Frigid Machine remedies this issue by having easily removeable filters and a “clean: function which addresses all of the hydraulic system instead of just flushing the hose and pump. Frigid Fluid offers several options to combat the challenges of hard water during embalming, . Water softeners are popular devices that use ion exchange to replace calcium and magnesium ions with sodium or potassium ions, reducing water hardness. Additionally, filtration systems, reverse osmosis, and chelation methods can be used to mitigate the effects of hard water. All of these will help at the funeral home level. During your embalming, you can add to your solution Water Clot Guard to treat the hardness of your funeral home water and Plasma Flo to combat any clots that may be created or are already existing. In conclusion, understanding the sources of hard water and recognizing its presence in your home or business is essential not only for maintaining your plumbing systems’ health and ensuring the efficient operation of appliances such as your embalming machine, but also to achieving the best embalming possible. By identifying the culprits behind water hardness, you can implement appropriate measures to soften the water during your embalming process and service your families the best way possible. with Frigid Fluid’s legacy of excellence to create a must-have resource for professionals in the industry. “As a champion of achieving an elevated norm for decedent appearances that better reflect the visual values of our modern time, I’m excited to collaborate with Frigid Fluid on this leadingedge project,” said Amanda King. “Our goal is to elevate the standards of embalming by providing embalmers with the tools they need to achieve precise color matching and a natural, lifelike appearance for the deceased so that their loved ones may have a peaceful final view and opportunity to say goodbye.” Frigid Fluid’s new Cosmetic Kit is scheduled for release at the beginning of December, just in time for the holiday season. It’s the perfect gift for embalmers who are passionate about their work and dedicated to providing the best possible service to grieving families. For more information about the Frigid Fluid Cosmetic Kit and its release date, please visit or contact Frigid by phone at 1-708-8361215. Amanda King Embalming Specialist Frigid Water-Clot Guard a must have in every preproom! By FRIGID FLUID By BEN SCHMIDT