This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA– There is only one person in the United States who has mastered the craft of body staging. Stephanie Simon is the premiere mortician of North America. Funeral Director and Embalmer, Stephanie Simon, is a sought after jewel, known internationally for her avant-garde work of body staging or posing bodies at funerals. Simon says, “embalming is a science because we are preserving the body. It is also an art because we are recreating the body to look life-like.” An early occasion gave life to her fascination with death. “Upon seven or eight years old, I attended a service for my aunt. I touched the body and the body was cold and hard and I wanted to know why and that intrigued me,” recalled Simon. As she grew up, eventually she graduates school, ready to start work as an embalmer.