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Excellent Overview of the Business of Death
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.