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Mortuary Science

Mortuary Science is the study of deceased bodies through working in funeral homes or mortuaries. Throughout ancient history, there was always one person (or more) in a local area who cared for and prepared bodies before burying or entombing.Today, almost all families use a Funeral Home or Mortuary, and these businesses are run by trained, formally educated, and licensed men and women. "Mortician" and "Funeral Director" have completely replaced the term "undertaker".

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What do coroners use to mask smell?

A mask made specifically to ward against bodily smells are sometimes used by doctors, coroners and morticians. If a mask is not present then a salve placed under the nose, usually a menthol or orange scented salve will be used.

What colleges in Iowa offer mortuary science?

For colleges and universities within the United States and its territories, you can obtain this information by clicking on the related links section (College Board) indicated at the bottom of this answer section and using the College Board site College MatchMaker search engine. You can research colleges and universities by name, or by programs of study, or by geographical location, size, or combinations of part or all of them. The site will provide you with a list of institutions based on your request. It will give you the schools background, accreditation, degree offerings, programs of study (majors),entrance requirements, tuition and fees, financial assistance, room and board, athletic programs, school activities, etc., and a link to each institutions official web page. Practice navigating this site. It will be well worth the time and effort.

WARNING!!!

When choosing a college or university within the United States, make sure the institution has a regional accreditation. With a regional accreditation you can be assured the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers. Below I have listed the six regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. I am disclosing the below so you do not become a victim of educational scams, institutions that are nothing more than diploma mills, or that do not have the best accreditation, and are eager to take your money for a degree that is worthless. Make sure the institution is accredited by one of following responsible agencies.

Regional Accreditation Agencies

· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

· New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

· Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.

· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.

Why do we embalm dead people?

The popularity of embalming folks increased during the American Civi War when the dead were often shipped long distances home for burial. Dead folks tend to stink and the embalming kept the stench down.

Prior to that a lot of cultures preserved their dead the Peruvians, Chinese and Egyptians are good examples. Generally this was tied to the belief that a good looking corpse was better received in the afterlife.

In today's world some religions and cultural groups do not allow embalming. Most main stream North Americans opt for it along with the cosmetic program. The general thought is that you should look "good" in your coffin. There is no health reason to be embalmed.

Embalming can lead to problem with groundwater near cemetaries. The chemicals used can leach out as the body decomposes. This problem has been reduced as the funeral industry moved away from asenic based embalming fluids.

Recently a display called "BODIES The Exhibiton has been on tour. It features embalmed corpses in various positions. This is a specialized form of embalming using plastics and polymers

What does Mortuary mean?

A mortuary is a place where bodies are kept. In the older days mortuaries were not really funeral homes but places where a person who has just been pronounced dead is kept for a few days to make sure that the person died. Today this is not necessary, but today's term for a mortuary is basically a funeral home. But one big difference is that a funeral home was often equipped with an upstairs apartment that a family would move into, in order to be with the remains located downstairs, until the funeral services were completed. A mortuary was simply one that was absent such an apartment.

Who invented the mortuary?

Nobody knows for sure which exact individual woke up with the idea one morning, however it has been documented that the first people to establish the "mortuary rituals" (i.e. embalming, preparing the body for death, providing a set location just for that purpose) are the Egyptian people. In ancient Egypt, people were mummified and the dead were remembered with a ritual much like a funeral.

Does Santeria have any unusual mortuary or funeral customs?

The question is itself a bit strange in that it assumes funerary rituals of their own culture are "norma" as oppose to "unusual". I would say that all cultures have varying rites, rituals and ceremonies. Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, Vodou, Santeria (Lucumi) and many others have culturally relative practices when it comes to funerary customs.

Even within these broad headings there are variations among them including Vodou, Santeria and other African diasporic traditions.

Most religions are composite and borrow from other cultures through diffusion and other forms of interaction over long periods of time. Christianity itself is an amalgam of Roman, Greek, Jewish, Pagan, Egyptian religious practices.

So to answer your question, yes as with all cultures and traditions Vodou, Santeria, Lucumi, Candomble and other African diasporic traditions are unique to the cosmology of African traditions, vary and are highly complex.

Can you autopsy a body after its been embalmed?

yes do you watch the A&E channel Yes, but you loose all of the blood toxicology tests.

What is a mortuary technician?

A Mortuary Technician is somone who assists the Medical Examiner during an Autopsy procedure.

How long does embalming fluid stay in your body when smoked on a joint?

Formaldehyde. You smoked formaldehyde?

Well, as you stated, it is a preservative, used to hinder the decay of dead tissue. I'd say it will remain in your body for at least a year, and begin to dissipate over the next 10 years.

Here's a little something to remember: they don't call it "dope" because it makes you smarter.

What happens in an embalming?

A Funeral Director (Embalmer) will normally make a 3 inch incision near the Clavicle. A hooked instrument will then be inserted in the incision to pull up the Jugular Vein and Carotid Artery. The vein and artery will be cut slightly; A drainage tube will be inserted into the vein and another tube will insert into the artery. Arterial embalming fluid will be pumped into the carotid, traveling through the bodies arterial system thus reaching the bodies organs and tissus. As the arterial fluid enters the body, blood is forced out through the venous system into the drain tube and out of the body.The Thoracic and Abdominal cavity is Aspirated (Fluids Removed)by the insertion of a Trocar (Long hollow needle) and then Body Cavity fluid is injected using the same Trocar. Situations occur due to circumstance of death,disease,autopsy etc.. where different arteries and veins are used. However, in most cases this is the common procedure. to make it easy to understand in embalming, the body fluids are removed and embalming fluid is injected in to replace it.

Which Florida colleges offer mortuary science?

You can obtain this information by clicking on the related links section (College Board) indicated at the bottom of this answer box and using the sites College MatchMaker search engine. You can research colleges and universities by name, or by programs of study, or by geographical location, size, or combinations of part or all of them. The site will provide you with a list of institutions based on your request. It will give you the schools background, accreditation, degree offerings, programs of study (majors), entrance requirements, tuition and fees, financial assistance, room and board, athletic programs, school activities, etc., and a link to each institutions official web page. Practice navigating this site. It will be well worth the time and effort.

WARNING!!!

When choosing a college or university within the United States, make sure the institution has a regional accreditation. With a regional accreditation you can be assured the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers. Below I have listed the six regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. I am disclosing the below so you do not become a victim of educational scams, institutions that are nothing more than diploma mills, or that do not have the best accreditation, and are eager to take your money for a degree that is worthless. Make sure the institution is accredited by one of following responsible agencies.

Regional Accreditation Agencies

· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

· New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities - Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

· Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.

· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.

What is the name of a black cars specially to transport dead body to be buried?

Those cars are called hearses. Those cars are called hearses. Those cars are called hearses. Those cars are called hearses. A hearse.

How does a mortician put clothes on the dead body?

The same way you would dress a mannequin or any inert body.

Do they glue your anus shut when you die?

yes, in most instances the use a product such as Gorilla Glue. But in certain situations where as the rectum is too large or inflamed they must use construction grade cement.

Why are embalmed bodies hard?

Many of them are dehydrated (ie: ancient mummies). In others, the fluids have congealed, making them feel much firmer than living or recently dead flesh.

Dead wrong! (No pun intended) Embalmed bodies feel firm because aldehydes (formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, etc.) preserve the body by linking together the protein chains present in the flesh. These "link sites" also happen to be the same sites that are broken down by the various bacteria that contribute to putrifation and decay. That's why embalming retards decomposition.