Compared with today, our forebears of the Victorian era could be accused of having a morbid obsession with death and dying, dubbed a cult of death. Contemporary literature romanticized, in particular, an early lingering death that allowed the sufferer the time needed for spiritual readiness for the next life. Victorian society dictated strict rules for the observance of rituals related to death and dying exacerbated by the death of the Prince Consort Albert and Queen Victoria’s entry into deep mourning. Across the pond, another widow was grieving the loss of two of her children and a husband, the 16th president of the United States. As Mary Todd Lincoln and Queen Victoria mourned, Americans and British subjects alike followed their lead and death practices became far more elaborate. Explore the culture and origins of Victorian death practices and how they persevere in society today.