One thing the Irish do well is in how they handle death. It’s something that cuts across religions and jurisdictions. A key part is the viewing of the body before burial. Well, the Kilkenny People reckons it could be a thing of the past if Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas gets his way. He wants to withdraw chemicals used by embalmers to preserve bodies under an environmental directive. According to the Irish Association of Funeral Directors about half of all bodies are embalmed after death.