Creating Natural Form


Creating Natural Form: Restorative Art Theory and Application


Briana Garcia

Benjamin Schmidt

Sean Sweetman


Steve Dawson

Owner Sax Tiedeman Funeral Home and Monarch Cremations

Damon de la Cruz, PhD

Associate Professor Cypress College

Robert Holmes, PhD

Barry Lease, EdD

Program Director Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science

Timothy Kowalski, MDiv

Instructor Worsham College of Mortuary Science

Leili McMurrough, JD

Program Director Worsham College of Mortuary Science

Karen Scott, MBA

Program Director Malcolm X College




Section I

From Here to There

Getting from Here to There

Case Considerations and Types of Restorative Art

Tools of the Trade

Building a Base



Skin and Its Markings

Our Feature Presentation

EveryBODY is Different


Section II

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Restorative Art and Embalming

Preservative Art

The Prep Room Detective; Investigating the Case

A Little Bit of Pleasantry; Setting the Features

Keeping an Eye on Things: Monitoring Your Injection Procedure

Incision Closure

Autopsy Preparation

Organ and Tissue Donors


Section III

What Comes After: Post Embalming Treatments and Restoration

Tissue Building


Waxes and Their Application

Tissue Damage

Case Studies

Section IV

The Final Puzzle Piece: Presentation

Can You Make Them Look Like This Again?

Color Theory



Hair Care and Replacement

Ready for Their Final Party: Dressing and Casketing

Preparation of an Unembalmed Body