Each chapter is an anecdote or story about life in the funeral business As someone who was raised in a funeral home, I could relate to most of what was said in this book.
However, as with most things that I read, I did learn a couple of things For instance, in the olden days, when the hearse was pulled by horses, dark horses brown or black signified the death of a man, while white horses signified the death of a woman or child.
Also, although I did know that cremation is on the rise in the US, and that its popularity can vary widely, depending on what region of the country you live in The authors, here state that the funeral establishment has to adapt to the times to survive And, who knows what the next big trend might be What I did not know is that something called alkaline hydrolysis, which is using chemicals to reduce remains to nothing, has 4.
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Not one to read non fiction very often a book in this genre has to catch my interest Needless to say, a book about undertakers and purporting to be humorous did just that When I first saw the title I thought it would be a mystery However, when I read the blurb and saw what it was really about, I knew I just had to read it I m so glad I did I knew very little about the world of funeral directors and such, but this book is loaded with info about the business as well as mostly humorous stories about things that can go wrong or even go right There are also some poignant stories but for the most part this book had me smiling, snorting, giggling and outright laughing at various points.
I ve attempted to pick a favorite and it s hard to do Though I will say Chapter 8 C In another life, I would ve liked to be a funeral director, so this book is right up my alley This collection of anecdotes and insider information about the daily happenings behind the scenes at mortuaries around the US is humorous while retaining the quiet dignity we associate with death A must read for anyone interested or the morbidly curious, like me.
This book made for a delicious read As a former funeral director, I was there, in my minds eye, in the stories I laughed until the tears came when the director, concerned about the pallbearers at the graveside, fell in The squirrel in the casket spray had me squeaking with laughter The second chapter, about why one would choose funeral service and what it means to serve families was impeccably and beautifully written The importance of grief, remembering a life lived was explained with clarity The cultural differences between parts of the country were interesting, the terminology was different Hearse vs funeral coach, cremains for cremated remains, crematory for crematorium Yet the common thread, the service performed by the undertaker funeral director is the same Great storytelling and insight into the profession.
mehThis book sounded interesting, but I m guessing you have to have read the authors previous book to really get this one It is of a story about their personal lives than about their jobs or how it impacts them Knowing What To Do, I Sat On The Church Steps And Waited As The Gravity Of My Failure Began To Well Up In Me, I Began To CryI Had Lost The Hearse Funerals And The All The Things That Accompany Them Are Traditionally Somber, Contemplative Events In Which The Bereaved Look To Their Undertaker To Guide Them Through That Most Difficult Of Times Of Course, Sometimes Tradition Gets Thrown Under The Bus From A Dysfunctional Family [Ken McKenzie] Ï Over Our Dead Bodies [world-of-darkness PDF] read Online ✓ Who Turn Their Mother S Wake Into A Full Blown Riot, To Funeral Crashers Looking For Free Meals, To A Horse Drawn Hearse Taking The Dearly Departed For The Ride Of Their Afterlife, These Accounts From Actual Undertakers Will Have You Laughing, Thinking, And Gasping In Disbelief A Literal Graveyard Of Wild Coincidences, Slapstick Humor, And Touching Moments, Over Our Dead Bodies Explores The Lighter Side Of The Dead, The Living, And The Lone Undertaker Who Has To Make It All Go As Planned Even If It Doesn T Ç Over Our Dead Bodies × Pretty interesting take on the funeral business The stories of actual funerals and where some of the customs originated are very intriguing.
Filled with hilarious, sweet, sad, and bittersweet stories, this book is a collection of experiences from funeral directors in the US It includes everything from finding a terrorist in a casket spray, compiling a funeral directors calendar, handling a riot during a funeral service, dealing with personal loss as a funeral director, a runaway hearse, out of ordinary funeral requests, and even a touch of the supernatural I enjoyed reading the two authors distinctive, alternating voices and found myself laughing and shedding a few tears here and there As someone who was born and lives outside the US, I m unfamiliar with most of these practices and found the book entertaining and educational.
I can t explain why I like books like this The only possible reason I can think of is that my first apartment was next door to a funeral home, my landlord was mortician, and my first job was as a florist florists do a lot of funeral flowers so I m not at all creeped out by any of this.
That said, I lost interest in this before I was halfway through The problem was that the story wasn t cohesive The two authors switch back and forth with no warning, which had me scrambling to figure out who was talking A pity Because I really wanted to like this.