Part of a mortician's job is to prepare a dead body to be viewed in a open casket. They apply makeup to try to make the dead person look as they did when alive. More »

The most common ingredients in makeup are water, oil, wax, alcohol, table salt, pigment, thickener and absorbent powder, such as alumina, silica, cornstarch or talc. Mineral powder makeup is made from pure crushed minera... More »

The ancient Egyptians believed the soul and the body of a person were linked, even after death. If the body decayed, the soul would be lost. Mummification kept them together. More »

A casket containing the body is put into a cremation chamber that is raised to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is left in the chamber for about 2 hours, in which time all organic matter is consumed by the heat. The ashes an... More » Holidays & Celebrations

During cremation, the funeral director or crematorium attendant places the container or casket holding the body into the cremation chamber, which is heated to anywhere between 1,400 and 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Crematio... More » Holidays & Celebrations

The steps in a cremation are removing any prostheses, radioactive materials or personal belongings from the decedent, placing the decedent and casket into the cremation chamber, exposing the casket to intense heat, and c... More » Holidays & Celebrations

Some common funeral expenses include the cost of a casket, embalming services, funeral director costs and the cost of the funeral service. Other costs include grave markers, hearse rental, grave digging costs and the gra... More » Holidays & Celebrations