Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Theme of the Show: The Art of Embalming
Guest: Colin McSween, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Lead Host: Jeffrey Young
Chile and Peru are among the earliest cultures known to have performed artificial mummification as early as 5000-6000 BC. Perhaps the ancient culture that had developed embalming to the greatest extent was Egypt. The modern method of embalming involves the injection of various chemical solutions into the arterial network of the cadaver to prevent decomposition.
Embalming caught on in the United States during the American Civil War, as a result of sentimental issues involving foreign officials and servicemen dying far from home, and the need for their remains to be returned home for local burial.
Modern embalming is most often performed to ensure a better presentation of the deceased for viewing by friends and relatives.