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Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?: Field Notes from a Funeral Director Paperback – May 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1402250835 ISBN-10: 1402250835 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402250835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402250835
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Webster has been a licensed embalmer and funeral director in Ohio since 1977. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary and opened the Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield, Ohio, in 2001.


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Customer Reviews

It was an easy read, I highly recommend this book!
Drew Joyce
Very interesting and oddly entertaining behind the scenes look at the funeral industry.
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The author writes very clearly and in a friendly, frank and very engaging style.
G. Poirier

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier on May 25, 2011
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This is the first book that I've ever read on a funeral director's professional life and experiences and I've found it to be absolutely fascinating. The author discusses the many facets of his profession: what the work physically involves, the prices and fees that are charged, the many different types of people he has dealt with, rivalries within families, some of the awfully strange situations that he has found himself in over the decades - some rather amusing, some horrifying and some very strange - and much more. The author has also kindly provided very useful information and advice: types of caskets and their prices, types of services offered, the pros and cons of pre-arranging one's own funeral and the various pitfalls and how to avoid them. Most importantly, the author tells us how death can (and should) be dealt with compassionately and fairly by all professionals in his field - something that unfortunately does not always happen.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I appreciate the author's useful advice, some of which I intend to apply in my own situation.

The author writes very clearly and in a friendly, frank and very engaging style. He clarifies certain terms and debunks some misinformation. The stories that are recounted are very revealing, always fascinating and full of surprises. This book, because of its subject matter, should be of interest to absolutely everyone.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
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Even if you've never been the slightest bit curious as to what happens in a funeral home this isn't a bad read at all. The writer is an experienced funeral director and has seen and heard stories of families gone wild at viewings, the strange things people will steal at a funeral home, the practical difficulties involved in preparing a body for viewing and the business end of burying the dead.

Robert Webster has written his book in a very engaging style. There are a few places where the text is uncomfortably graphic but since I have a relative in the business I can say without fear of contradiction that the odd stories he tells are along the same lines of ones I've heard before... only the names of the deceased has been changed to protect the innocent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D on June 28, 2013
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Robert D. Webster's "Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?" is one of the best books out there about the funeral industry. The author pulls a no holds barred approach in discussing exactly what goes on in today's funeral homes while mixing things up with his own laugh-out-loud anecdotes.

I recently was considering going to mortuary science school to pursue a career as a funeral director. However, this book helped to persuade me not to undertake (no pun intended) such an endeavor. I really think that this book would dissuade someone from entering the funeral business. I can't see how it would encourage anyone to become a funeral director. Sure, I love studying death, and I was a previous Pathologist's Assistant, but the funeral industry is so political and conniving in nature that it's disgusting. With the current (and ever-expanding) corporate takeover of the funeral business, it's best to just stay out of it entirely. Although I would love the anatomical and paperwork-related parts of the business, I just can't see myself dealing with grieving people all the time and (most likely) working for a greedy company.

I think the beauty of this book is the fact that it prepares people to make well-informed decisions when it comes time for their own funerals. The author's down-to-earth, intelligent writing style really encourages you to prepare for your own under-the-earth future. For this reason, Webster's book should be standard reading for everyone, and it's never too late to think about your own funeral!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandy L. Moffett on August 7, 2011
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It is amazing the things that you see and hear in a funeral home. This book is funny, at times hard-hitting and very true to the day to day of our job.

S. Moffett
aka Funeralsinger
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Him Danno on March 29, 2012
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Mr Webster runs a funeral parlor in Ohio and has written this delightful little book reflecting on his 30 plus years in the "death" business. It took me a little over an hour to read and was filled with wonderful stories involving the handling of the dead. From the heartbreaking (picking up a recently deceased - cancer - mother over three as her little boys watched) to the hilarious (some of the tattoo's and body sizes), he deals with everything with the upmost respect. He also goes through what exactly happens to you when you die, what the possible costs are, and what to expect when it happens to your family. You can preview just about the whole book on Google books.

A great book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By oldfogey on August 12, 2013
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While more focused on the ins and outs of the industry then some of the other "peek into the funeral business" books I've read, the author clearly is a pro at his work and offers a tip here and there about how to not be taken advantage of in the stressful situation of the death of a loved one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Lambert on July 13, 2012
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I thought this book was pretty interesting. Most people are probably like me and have no idea what the death business really is about. Yes we are all going to die, but what happens after that? This book has some frank answers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TrevorInGeorgia on October 15, 2013
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This book is great! Real Stories from the funeral business and whats even more funny, now that I work in the funeral business is that its is spot-on..These things really happen in funeral homes all over the country,
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