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Engaged in a business “that is all customer relations and rapport,” morticians deal with the vulnerable, emotionally unpredictable, and sometimes distraught, and if the dead can’t complain, their families sure can, as these gleanings from mortuary professionals across the nation attest. Whether a survivor insists on putting false teeth in after the deceased’s mouth has been “frozen” shut by embalming or demands a false eye be placed in its rightful socket, it’s all in a day’s work, along with staring down a hostile, 275-pound biker with “toilet seat-size hands.” The chapter “Wives and Girlfriends” demonstrates that “the lies and secrets we maintain in life cannot be perpetuated in death,” for bank accounts will be inspected, and titillating pictures found. The most common postmortem revelation is the illicit sexual relationship, with its potential for funerary fireworks when spouse and children sit on one side of the front row, the paramour on the other. McKenzie and Harra keep us reading because these true mortuary tales are poignant—and suddenly, gaspingly, in-your-face funny. --Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806531797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806531793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is well worth reading. Not only does it give you a glimpse into the macabre and poignant world of morticians, it has moments that are so absurdly funny that I found myself laughing out loud! But it's not only funny; this book is touching too, as it makes you think.

This is a very easy read; if you are looking for something entertaining and light, yet bizarre and unusual, this book is a great choice.
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The book is not an expose about practices in the funeral industry. It is instead a collection of remarkable experiences contributed by many funeral directors. It is a book about how to live and enjoy every moment of it. I recommend it highly.
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I loved this book. Not only was it fun to read, but the stories were short and easy to digest on their own (without having to read the book cover to cover). Harra and McKenzie manage to give us a humorously unexpected looking into the mortuary profession. The authors themselves have added stories of their own in this tantalizing read. I am surprised at some of the negative reviews I've read on this site for the book- I do not work in the profession, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The small amount of background is perfect to give you a flash of the story tellers bearings and enhances the story quality. GREAT BOOK, GREAT READ!
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The short stories in Mortuary Confidential were definitely interesting. Some of the stories were humorous and some touching. I'd thought the book was supposed to be hilarious and I wouldn't quite classify it as such, but it was worth reading.
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It is nice to know the people who care for us and our loved one at the parting journey of our lives are so nice and dedicated. I loved the book and got a few chuckles out of it. My niece is studying to become a mortician so I am going to send this book on to her and I bet she will love it also. I am not afraid of dying, just of looking bad in the process.
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I enjoyed this book very much.It nice to know how human nature is yet again.This book has not only made me laugh,but also to feel sympathy for what the undertaker go through at times.Am looking forward to the next book.I also highly recommend this to everyone.
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This book is a collection of anecdotes from those who work in the mortuary business. The stories are entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes emotional. I guess I expected a bit more in depth look at what their jobs entail on a day to day basis. Overall, it was a quick read and entertaining.
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If you are expecting a goofy, irreverant book based on its title, you will be disappointed. However, it is a funny and poignant look inside the funeral industry. If you are a guidence counselor you might want to have a copy of this book available for those who are thinking to enter 'the dismal trade.' If you are a rising Junior or Senior, and enjoy lobbing grenades at your English or Public Speaking teacher. Read the book and do a report, or work up a chapter to read out loud.

I also recommend "The Dismal Trade."
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