Much of the 19th century was known as the Victorian period and was so named during the 60-year reign of England’s Queen Victoria. Her influence was also evidenced in American death and mourning practices. A subject avoided today, death was very much a part of daily life in the Victorian era. Explore preparation of the home and deceased, the wake, funeral service, internment, park cemeteries, grave stone symbolism, and post-mortem photography. Even after a loved one had passed, mourning would continue for years. By the 20th century, many of these practices started to fade.