Dressing a Corpse
Dressing a body is not always easy. Try it sometime. Have someone lay flat on their back and tell them they cannot move in any way. The must keep their arms and legs rigid and cannot help. Then, try to put a suit or dress on them. It’s not easy. There are some tricks of the trade. First, you must button the clothes in the front and layer them as if they are already on the body. Next, you take large scissors and cut them down the back. Finally. You drape the cloths over the body and simply tuck the clothes in around their back. Technically, they are not fully “wearing” the clothes, but mostly have them draped over the body. Most people don’t realize this, but it’s a pretty standard way to dress a corpse.
Depending on what the family brings, you can have to dress the body in some interesting frocks. I was always amazed that often undergarments such as socks, underwear, bras, and undershirts were provided. We always dressed them in these if the family brought them, even though only the outer clothes would be visible during the viewing. If a body was badly mangled in an accident, we very often would pre-dress them in plastic clothes. These were used to keep any fluid or gunk from escaping through their dress clothes during the funeral.
I will be describing this process on future stories, but have found a pretty good explanation of how to dress a corpse on another blog. I hope they don’t mind me referencing their site: