Confessions of A Funeral Director

Confessions of A Funeral Director

How the Business of Death Saved My Life

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director--what Time magazine called a "must read"--reflects on mortality and the powerful lessons death holds for every one of us in this compassionate and thoughtful spiritual memoir that combines the humor and insight of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes with the poignancy and brevity of When Breath Becomes Air.

We are a people who deeply fear death. While humans are biologically wired to evade death for as long as possible, we have become too adept at hiding from it, vilifying it, and--when it can be avoided no longer--letting the professionals take over.

Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde understands this reticence and fear. He had planned to get as far away from the family business as possible. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and how could he do that if all the people he worked with were . . . dead? Slowly, he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was making a difference--in other people's lives to be sure, but it also seemed to be saving his own. A spirituality of death began to emerge as he observed:

The family who lovingly dressed their deceased father for his burial The act of embalming a little girl that offered a gift back to her grieving family The nursing home that honored a woman's life by standing in procession as her body was taken away The funeral that united a conflicted community

Through stories like these, told with equal parts humor and poignancy, Wilde offers an intimate look into the business and a new perspective on living and dying

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062465245
Branch Call Number: 363.75092 WIL
Characteristics: vii, 193 pages :,illustration


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Dec 23, 2018

I thought this book was wonderful & beautifully written. This is an honest book, written from the heart. It's an insight into the life of one Funeral Director who shares his doubts, his insecurities, his sorrows and joys. I for one, will never look at a Funeral Director the same again. I'll bow my head and give thanks that there are still folks who care, care deeply for the dying, the dead and the bereaved.

Dec 10, 2018

I was hoping this book would be more about the people that use this service, but I found that I did a lot of skimming when the author started to talk about religion or the negative death narrative.

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