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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
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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This book is, at times, a little jumbled. It switched between the positively weird, to the personal and onto information about the death care industry. All of it was interesting and compelling reading.

The author covers some of the weirder funerals and dealings he has had with families. It is humorous, in a macabre sort of way. It also puts a human face on death and the fact that things don't always go as we swish or planned.

The author also reveals some very interesting information about funeral homes and how they operate. He shares standard mark up prices and describes price gouging by some funeral homes and even recommends shopping for the best deal. Along with this information, he writes a treatise on the mergers and conglomeration of the industry…a practice he is less than happy about.

Overall, it was a interesting and informative read. It will hardly strain your brain, but it does have information that might be very useful to have prior to a time when you may need it. There is a distinct message of "get your plans in order now" as later, when needed s when you are most likely to be taken advantage of. I recommend it, if simply for the advice given.
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on October 15, 2014
I really enjoyed the book. It brought back memories of my experiences with funeral directors -- the good, the bad and the hilarious. It appeared to me to be an honest account of the mortuary business. I have been fortunate in not having to deal with really bad undertakers -- irritable and obnoxious morticians were rare with my dealings in my experiences. I was especially impressed with the discussion of "preplanning.." In making arrangements for my mother's passing, the funeral director sold me a "life insurance" policy for my mother. She had had a paralytic stroke at age 87. When she passed about thirty days after the sale, the policy not only paid for her cremation,but also paid me $14.67 as some kind of benefit from my investment in the life insurance policy..

I would certainlhy recommend this book to those persons who would like to avouid pitfalls of dealing with funeral direcdtors;
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