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Over Our Dead Bodies:: Undertakers Lift the Lid Kindle Edition
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About the Author
After eight years at a Lakewood, California mortuary, in 1994 he opened McKenzie Cremation & Burial Services in Signal Hill, California. In 2007 Ken created and published the well-received Men of Mortuaries calendar to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and received California’s Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year award. McKenzie gives back to the community by sponsoring annual holiday food drives and summer estate sales that directly benefit people who receive care at local hospices.
McKenzie has been named outstanding business of the year for community involvement by the Long Beach Community Business Network. He resides in Long Beach, CA. Please visit www.mckenziemortuaryservices.com.
Todd Harra is the author of several books about the funeral profession. He is a fourth-generation funeral director and works for the family business in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to being a funeral director and embalmer, Todd is a certified post-mortem reconstructionist and cremationist. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00GYLVPNU
- Publisher : Citadel Press (June 1, 2014)
- Publication date : June 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1112 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #494,830 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The stories were tedious, drawn-out forever, and just not funny. One story was about being cheated by a car rental company when he accidentally rips off the top of the moving van he rented and the insurance doesn’t cover it. Not funny and not even slightly related to the funeral business. Another story goes on for page after page of ridiculously tedious detail to say basically that the funeral director accidentally fell into an open grave. Again, not even remotely funny.
Much of the book isn’t even about the mortuary business. Several chapters blather on about a calendar shoot of beefcake undertakers. That’s a great one-liner. Two chapters with details on how expensive the shoot was and everything they did wrong was just BORING.
When the author does mention the funeral business, it comes across as self-serving and less than upfront. Snide comments about people who dare to question prices and purchase caskets online. Other comments about the massive importance of memorial services and how cremation can be as expensive as burial. Like the rest of the book, these weren’t funny either.
But, no matter what, sometimes... Ya jus' gotta LAUGH... Because it's FUNNY!
Top reviews from other countries
The second chapter, about why one would choose funeral service and what it means to serve families was impeccably and beautifully written. The importance of grief, remembering a life lived was explained with clarity. The cultural differences between parts of the country were interesting, the terminology was different. Hearse vs. funeral coach, cremains for cremated remains, crematory for crematorium. Yet the common thread, the service performed by the undertaker (funeral director) is the same. Great storytelling and insight into the profession.
I was pleasantly surprised, I am a nurse and I believe you need a good sense of humor to be a nurse... or an undertaker, for that matter. I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions.
I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor . It was very enjoyable!