How Do Morticians Keep a Dead Person’s Mouth Shut and What Tools Are Used to Close the Lips?

Here’s how morticians keep a dead person’s mouth shut.

Before embalming, it wasn’t uncommon to tie gauze or string around the chin and head until rigor mortis set in.

Today undertakers pass a suture through the nasal septum and tie it to the lower lip.

Or they use an injector needle gun to place wires into the lower and upper jaws.

These are then twisted together to close the mouth.

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