Today, it is customary to transfer the deceased person soon after death to the funeral home to arrange funeral activities and as the place where the body is cared for. In Early America, the deceased person was prepared by family members and friends and a “wake” was held for several days, accompanied by serving food, beverages, music, and story-telling about the deceased person as a way to show support to the bereaved. Still today, it is common for a “funeral” luncheon or dinner to be held for mourners and support-givers. The single most publicized event that helped educate the public and advance the practice of embalming was the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Embalmed by the noted Washington, D.C. surgeon, Dr. Brown and his colleague, Henry Cattell, Lincoln’s body was viewed by more than a million and half mourners before leaving on a several-day train procession to his tomb in Illinois. Amazed by the preserved body of Lincoln, the new commercial process of embalming was born. Similar principles and purposes for embalming exist today – mainly to sanitize the body and preserve it so family members have time to gather, plan funeral-memorial activities, pay respects and offer support to the bereaved. Embalmers undergo extensivetraining in specialized colleges and must pass a state-board examination.