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 - Adjunct Professor American River College

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