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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books (August 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555175562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555175566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A 'must-read' for anyone who has ever wondered about the process of laying to rest those we love. -- Robert Kirby, Salt Lake Tribune columnist

Finally, a book that glibly exposes the often funny, always poignant truth behind the life of an undertaker. -- Jim Tipton, president of Find A Grave

About the Author

Chad Daybell lives in a small town in the Rocky Mountains. He wrote this book while serving as his city's cemetery sexton. However, once the book was completed, Chad realized what a weird job he had and has since moved on to another job. He certainly has less job security now, but the locks to his office haven't been mysteriously opened, either.

He does have aspirations to eventually become one of the cemetery's "riding lawnmower guys" when he retires, though.

Chad has also written a fictional time-travel series known as "The Emma Trilogy," which just happens to revolve around a cemetery. Chad's publisher hopes he'll branch out to a less-morbid topic one of these days.


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I have read it several times, and I laugh out loud every time.
Shelly
I think it was an excellent read and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cemeteries.
JJ
I find it hard to believe any reputable publisher would print this.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JJ on September 12, 2003
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If you enjoy looking around cemeteries, wondering what takes place behind the scenes, then you will enjoy this book. Chad Daybell writes an excellent book, with a humorous side of the cemetery caretaking business. I found myself laughing several times over incedents that took place, unbelievable requests made by the deceaseds relatives, the "war of the roses" cemetery style, and what a cemetery Sexton actually has to go through and put up with. There is a seriouse side to this book too, what to do and what not to do when visiting a cemetery, appropriate and inappropriate behavoir, and a cemetery is NOT a motocross track nor a sports field. I think it was an excellent read and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cemeteries.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shelly on August 6, 2004
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This book is great! It is just what it says it is- a humorous look at what goes on behind the scenes in a cemetery. I have read it several times, and I laugh out loud every time. I worked in a cemetery for several years, and this book brings back memories of the funny things that happen that people just don't hear about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Hoffman on January 14, 2008
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This was an amazingly humerous book despite the title. My only problem.....it wasn't nearly long enough. I thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Shockley on May 27, 2008
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This was a fun and interesting read for me of the goings on of what happens in a cemetery. My dad is a sexton and he is the quiet type, so this was fun to read and learn all sorts of information out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna Riley on March 6, 2008
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One of the first draws I had to "One Foot in the Grave: Secrets of a Cemetery Sexton" by Chad Daybell was a review by none other than Find A Grave founder, Jim Tipton.

Tipton writes:

"Finally, a book that glibly exposes the often funny, always poignant truth behind the life of an undertaker."

Touche. Daybell writes about his tenure as cemetery sexton for the local burial grounds of a small community in Utah nestled in the Rocky Mountains. In his five years as sexton, and preceding two years as a part time worker there, Daybell experienced a number of interesting, quirky, and usually fascinating occurrences. It's hard to tell which stories were more strange - those involving the living or those involving the dearly departed!

You'll find anecdotes of both in Daybell's charming and frank expose on the life of a dedicated cemetery worker. I often found myself shaking my head in disbelief or laughing right out loud at some of the bizarre tales Daybell shared about kooky people and restless spirits. Some of his tales are touching, while others are outright scary (I'll admit to a number of chills, and I'm fairly unshakable).

I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through a cemetery worker's life, and the trials, tribulations, ups and downs, scares and smiles that go along with it. Daybell's website's blurb about the book, "This is a collection of true graveyard stories you won't be able to put down", is not false advertising in the least. I read it in one sitting - often pausing to re-read, aloud, some of the wilder passages to my boyfriend.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about the goings-on of graveyards or is interested in what it's actually like to work in a cemetery.
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Was this self published? I find it hard to believe any reputable publisher would print this. The anecdotes were neither amusing, interesting or informative....and the writing is sub-par. It's as if this person doesn't even know how to tell a story, let alone write one. I gained nothing from reading this book. What a shame. I was really looking forward to reading it.
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Chad Daybell's graveyard romp was a hoot. While not meant to be a serious work, it was none the less fun and informative. I passed it on to my friendly neighborhood funeral director.
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