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Exhausting, Emotionally Draining, but Exhillarating!!
on May 30, 2014
Not since Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman have I ever been so compelled to
watch a non-fiction television series. I made the mistake of the power
marathon over a long weekend watching ALL five seasons and going to
sleep with that theme song in my poor little noodle. I could not stop
watching, it was that engaging and stimulating. Of course there were
many issues with the first season comparison but can you imagine
American Beauty 2?? Of course not, hence the ability to continuously
create story lines, magical celebrations of life and death would be
I have been to several funeral homes to make arrangements for loved
ones and do not believe that every customer would engage a complete
stranger and spill every deep emotion and details portrayed in this
series. I guess that is my one pointer for not showing a more realistic
business like attitude that most customers would exhibit. I however
have fallen completely apart at certain crucial ceremonies but never in
the hands of a funeral director let alone assistant.
I have never made any plans for my future demise but this series made
me consider many choices. If I had my dream funeral it would have been
the Puccini Nessun Dorma theatrical Turandot production, jaw dropping
heartfelt emotional and visual tempest.
I did find the gay couple sex overwhelming in the first season, despite
my warm acceptance of Brokeback, and many other same sex relationship
films. I feel they toned done those types of scenes in later seasons
and was truly joyful during the wedding ceremony portrayed in the
finales last moments.
My favorite episode has to be the biker funeral with Nate inheriting
his ticket to freedom and being on the road albeit with no helmet! As a
rider who had to give up this hobby it was especially moving. Always
superb music selections even to the end, had never heard of Sia.
Still processing some of the symbolism, i.e. Nate jumping in his white
suit with sunglasses rather out of context imho and Claire's wedding
I hope it will not take another 40 years to enjoy another phenomenal
series. Guess I will have to settle for the Simpsons presently...sigh.