Deceased remains, more commonly known as human remains, refer to the physical body of a person after death. Death is a natural process where blood flow and other bodily functions cease, resulting in the end of one’s life. After death, the blood in the body quickly begins to decompose and blood cells break down into their component parts. As time passes, tissues and organs lose their functions, and eventually decomposition sets in.
The deceased remains have many different components that can be broken down into simpler parts. For instance, blood cells are made up of red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), platelets, and plasma. Each blood cell has its own set of functions within the body but all work together to keep us alive. When death occurs, these blood cells begin to break down and their components become part of the deceased remains. The skin also decomposes over time and becomes part of the deceased remains as well. This includes fat tissue and muscle which both act as insulation and heat production for the body while alive but are no longer needed after death.
In addition to blood cells and skin tissue, other organs will often make up part of a deceased’s remains as well. These include organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, intestines, gallbladder, spleen, stomach and reproductive organs. In addition to these organs there are also several glands located within some areas of our bodies including our thyroid gland in our neck region which helps regulate hormones throughout our bodies while alive but no longer serves any purpose after death has occurred.
The deceased’s remains may also contain other bodily fluids such as saliva or mucous secretions if present at time of death. In some cases trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs may still be found within these fluids due to their slow absorption rate from within our bodies before death occurred. There may also be traces of non-biological material present on or around a deceased’s body such as clothing or jewelry they were wearing at time of death which may provide additional insight into how or why they passed away when examined by forensic professionals who specialize in examining human remains postmortem.
Due to the sensitive nature involved with dealing with human remains it is important that proper safety protocols are followed when handling them so that those who come into contact with them remain safe from infectious diseases or other risks associated with touching a corpse postmortem. It is also important that these protocols follow regulations set by state laws which dictate what must be done before disposing any type of human remains properly so as not to cause disturbance or harm to others in society who may encounter them inadvertently through day-to-day activities such as walking down a public street or visiting a cemetery for example where someone might accidentally stumble upon them without expecting it due to improper disposal practices beforehand.