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Mortuary Science: Home


Mortuary science is the study of embalming, the preparation of human remains for burial and cremation, and funeral directing. Those who successfully complete the Mortuary Science program, which includes passing the National Board Exam, are prepared to operate a funeral establishment or to serve as a pathologist's assistant, autopsy assistant, anatomical embalmer, anatomical technician, or thanatologist's assistant. 

This research guide presents recommended resources for UDC's Mortuary Science program. 

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UDC belongs to the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).

The nine member libraries share circulating materials with each other and have a common library catalog.

You can use the catalog to look for materials in all of the libraries' collections at one time, or you can limit your search to any one of the libraries.

Related Research Guides

The following UDC Library research guides are related to mortuary science and may provide additional useful information.

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We have created several Help Guides to help you navigate using library and information resources and tools. These guides are designed to walk you through finding what you need while offering tips, tricks, and other useful information. 

You can see a full list of our subject guides in our Index of Research Guides.

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Recommended Books

Browse the Stacks

If you want to browse the stacks for books related to mortuary science, you can find titles related to this topic in the call number sections below. If you need assistance finding a topic or a specific title, just ask a reference librarian for help.

GT 2400-3390.5 - Customs Relative to Private Life, Including Funeral Customs

HQ 1073-1073.5 - Thanatology, Death, Dying

RA 619-637 - Disposal of the Dead, Undertaking, Burial, Cremation, Cemeteries


When you search for articles, books, and other information, you need to use keywords. Below is a list of some keywords or categories of keywords that could be used in the library databases. You can use them on their own, or mix and match them to narrow your results.

  • Cosmetology
  • Customer Service
  • Death
  • Embalming
  • Funerals
  • Funeral Industry
  • Human Anatomy
  • Mortician/Undertaker
  • Mortuary Science
  • Mourning/Grief
  • Sculpture
  • Small Business Management
  • Sociology of Death
  • Thanatology