The list author says: "Shortly after my mother died, I found myself reading about death constantly. I read a lot of novels about people who had lost someone and I thought it would help. I'm not sure if it did or not, but maybe this list will help someone else. Apparently, most of the novels are about women, so sorry about that lack of balance. I will update it as often as I remember something or read something new.
If there are as trices (**), they indicate a review I did for the book."
"This was so good I had to move it to the top of my list! I LOVED this book!! It is hilarious and yet very touching ... He gives a very interesting description of what happens to souls when the person has died ... makes you think ..."
"Mr. Brockmeier's view of "life" after death is very thought provoking (and somewhat alarming because it really isn't much different than real life). It really is amazing how everything ties together the farther along you read."
"I believe this would be considered a fictionalized memoir (if there is such a thing). Easy to read ... provided some insights into how people who make a living with death deal with it in their own ways. *****"
"I feel this is better than her first one. I'm not in the death care industry in any aspect, but I should think that anyone thinking about considering this as a career choice should read Amber Lenore Winckler's books. *****"
"This book is hilarious! The chapter that describes an Englishman's task of preparing the burial of a fellow Englishman in Hollywood in 1948 is too funny to miss. You will not find anything to be sad about when reading this book."
"This is lumped in there with the likes of "Stiff" and "The American Way of Death." This turned out to be something other than what I thought - but in a good way. It's a very practical guide to death, in addition to giving the reader a lot of interesting facts and history. Highly recommended."
"I would recommend this over "Death's Acre" ... it's very readable, straightforward and honest. These are cases that stood out for him, not just the "interesting" ones. He needs to publish another book!!"
"Starts where "See A Grown Man Cry" left off (the last five pages of which dealt with his best friend's murder). This was a very moving, heart wrenching book to read. I can't put into words how this book made me feel."