Sounds like a depilatory; and I wonder what it would do to delicate/decomposed skin.
well it wouldn't cut it for one! :) but yeah, in all seriousness, i think it would be just as harsh as a razor on delicate/decomposed skin....

i'm thinking they would want to shave a corpse for a memento mori more so than an open casket....
I wonder what they'll think of this! I'm still wondering if/when shaving of the deceased occurs and how it's done now. The questions vintage ads can trigger!

So true! She went to mortuary college and I saw snippets on Facebook...the students had to do reconstructive things and whatnot. Eeek! I am glad people othercthan me are called to the profession :D

Skin shrinks after people die, so men appear to grow more beard as the hairs stick out of the receding skin around the follicle - and even without that, a man might die without having shaved recently. So I can imagine undertakers having to shave the body's face if it was being prepared for an open-coffin "he's just sleeping..." sort of display and the dead person was normally clean-shaven.