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Embalming the Obese Case

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3 CE Hours

It is estimated that three to four out of every ten bodies received for embalming are classifiably "obese." Therefore it is prudent for professional embalmers to continue to learn and improve specific techniques to manage the obese case.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe major issues connected with embalming the obese case and to apply embalming procedures and techniques devised for care of the obese case in order to:

  • assist in removal and transfer of the obese case
  • manage the embalming process of the obese case, and
  • improve the post-embalming care of the deceased.

The content of this National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) course, and the opinions and recommendations contained therein, in no way represent or reflect the views or policies of the National Funeral Directors Association. The offering of this course by the National Funeral Directors Association does not constitute approval or an endorsement of the content, opinions or recommendations contained in the course.

Continuing Education Information

This course is currently approved for 3 CE hours by APFSP and selected state licensing boards.

State Exceptions:

Check with your state board for approval status.


verniefountain1Vernie Fountain
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Vernie Fountain began his career in funeral service in 1964. In 1977 he founded Fountain Mortuary Service in Columbia, Missouri which he owned and operated for eighteen years, until December 1995. Fountain Mortuary Service responded to over one-thousand deaths annually and had five divisions: Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery, Cemetery Grave Opening and Exhumation, Forensic and Clinical Autopsy / Investigation, Consulting and Fountain National Academy.

FNA was founded in 1990 to provide quality, highly specialized post-graduate training for licensed embalmers. His embalming and reconstructive techniques help the embalmer deal with severely traumatized and difficult cases and have proven to be effective in converting many of the non-viewable cases into a viewable condition. His ability to communicate and teach his valuable expertise in seminar settings has made his presentations popular among funeral service professionals around the globe.

Since leaving the Mortuary Service, Fountain has dedicated nearly full time to traveling the globe as a public speaker, presenting seminars on embalming, reconstructive surgery. As former Chief Death Investigator and Forensic Autopsy Assistant for the Boone County, Missouri Medical Examiners Office Fountain gained a vast experience in forensic death investigation. Coupled with his responsibilities of operating Fountain National Academy he is called upon by attorneys to serve as an expert witness in embalming-related civil lawsuits and works as a licensed private investigator in Missouri. Fountain also continues his relationship with Western Protection, Inc. of Fargo, ND in the arena of wrongful death investigations and exhumations. In 1995 Fountain was a member of the Forensic Exhumation team that exhumed the body of the legendary Missouri Outlaw Jesse James.

Vernie Fountain
Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills
P.O. Box 2326
Springfield, MO 65801-2326
Phone: 417-833-5130

*State CE approval varies. All NFDA online courses are approved for continuing education by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards. Contact your state licensing board or NFDA for specific state CE information.

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