What stands out the most after reading this book is the manner in which the author presents something that will happen to each of us despite our station in life. The author does a very nice job separating the philosophical, religious, and spiritual aspects that cultures attach to death by presenting a play-by-play rendition of what happens to us at the moment of death and carrying it forward. I would even offer that some people might say that the author is very sterile sounding at times in his description to the point of sounding clinical. However, I feel this adds to the effectiveness of the author's presentation and allows for the reader to add his or her own subjective evaluations of the physical aspects of death. I admire the book's approach in dealing with a topic that is often limited to hushed conversations.
First of all this book was typed with very small type..so if your eye sight isn't what it used to be, don't bother..unless you have a magnifying glass handy. The contents of the book left me with more questions than answers. I wish the author would of been more in depth with the procedures of embalming such as the orafices are plugged up...well, with what? Also there must be a few mistakes made in the business of death...none were mentioned. Also alittle on decomisition would of helped me to understand the dying process. This book left me hanging in my casket!
I had worked for a funeral home at one time, many years ago. I wish this book had been available then, since there were, and still are so many questions. More often than not, it's the family of the departed who want to know what really happpens and this book would have eased a lot of the tension. Morticians seem to have a mysterious aire about them, almost as if their work is a deep, dark secret. But there is little that is secret about the emblaming and dressing process here. The author covers just about every REASONABLE question one could have about the business. Anything further could be obtained through books devoted to the actual emblaming process. You might think this is a macabre little book, but undertakers have a difficult task, to make the deceased look as good as possible.
Please don't bother. This "book" is akin to a poorly written high school term paper. The author gives no credentials and has strange views (Phlegmatic people live longer than active ones because they don't use up as much energy). Save your $19.00 and invest in a credible book. Death To Dust What Happens To Dead Bodies? by Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, is a well written informational book that delivers not only a good value, but an enjoyable, and informational reference.
I got the book, and read it all the way through in one evening. I thought the book was pretty good. I would of liked for it to be a little more in depth. In one of the beginning Chapters I felt left hanging when the discussion between the man in the book and his sister regarding what they had experienced at the particular time when they realized they knew something about life while still alive, that only the dying or the dead know. Unless I missed something, I never got their answer, only there brief reactions. Otherwise, I thought the book was pretty informative.
Not worth the money! It is 106 pages, large type-face, with lots of pages taken up with chapter titles, sayings, quotes. If the extraneous stuff was removed and the type-face was at a normal size, this would be a 30 page pamphlet. It reads like someone took most things from other people's term papers. Very superficial.
For those with little time, I heard the latest really best answer. A spanish speaking lady remembered 39 of her past lives and the aliens came and got her and shared the secrets of the future with her because of that. She knew all about 2012 and how they were going to sort people out and clear up the planet. Many will live, many more will die of suicide and heart attack, etc. you may know who you are because you can feel it coming on and I had a vision of it where a hundred men or so got drunk at one place and jumped off a cliff into a river below in Santa Fe, New Mexico area. I got scared because I figured someone was making them jump and it wasn't true as the vision continued. Something will make them just leave, it's my guess at this stage that the higher beings on the planet just cause that when they are close by (you can discern how this works watching the movie "Wavelength") but there could be another cause like a program or earth changes.... They want to die because they are not used to serving the higher beings whom will be women, they are men and just used to dominating, and all of those one's were Muslims. Well, that's the plan I saw and heard of.....if you read Anastasia, it's also in sync with the women taking over the world theme that is being spread around. This is like a new Russian religion starting up and the same ingredients are there like they start any religion with. Someone goes off into the wilderness, and finds a God that is probably really an alien and they give some information that seems to tell as little as possible about what is really going on and promises a ton of hope for a hopeless world and of course...a thousand years later, never delivers an iota of it....so that's why we want to know or I should say NEED TO KNOW what happens really, specifically, the details, all the details of when you die....OH...and how you got born too....:) [...]
This book, I did not read but was attracted to the title, except the part about what happens to your body. We all know that for sure...dust. What we want to know is where can we go? Where did we come from? Who are we if more than this life? Are we really more than this life? Why do we have blocked memories? How do we increase it and how far can we go with this? Why is it that nobody cares about a subject that has to be more important than living because we can't plan much....We can't do much and we feel like losers many times over. I could be a doctor or a lawyer or rocket scientist if I had more time to find money and educate myself but this world is based on lawyers, scientists and doctors, dominating anyone that did not stick to the goal to begin with and early on. The people are impressed by the title, not the results. There is clearly a conspiracy to block the truth and it's enjoyed by the religious clergy with sharing the same little bit of answers that are designed as tests of faith to see who will settle for them, even though they know next to nothing. Could there be a bigger power tripper in the world than a clergy that expects you to believe in him? If we are to believe in Jesus, who needs the clergy for anything at all?