Staging Service explores the culture of funeral homes as domiciles, businesses, and places of mourning. Over the course of the year I travelled to funeral homes in various states, gaining access to spaces that most people rarely see. Rather than focusing on the context in which most people encounter funeral homes—frequently during emotional and distressing periods of grief—I was fascinated with how surprisingly normal they appear when only the staff are present. The photographs are not exploitive or shocking, and purposefully avoid sensational subjects. For the most part death is dealt with in surprisingly general terms, but despite the absence of mourners, small moments of personalization hint towards individuals who pass through this place. These details are traces of the service provided and merchandise sold—created through a process in which the deceased are prepped, made-up, costumed, and staged for an audience of mourners. The final product is personal and specific, with a façade of tailored individuality that masks the reality that death is commonplace. The sterile quality of these interiors is underscored by the images’ formal composition —portraying death as routine, unremarkable, and inevitable. As a whole “Staging Service” presents the funeral home as a space almost detached from death, where business is conducted as it would anywhere else.