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A LIFE IN DEATH - Memoirs Of A Cotswold Funeral Director [Kindle Edition]

James Baker
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A Life In Death – Memoirs Of A Cotswold Funeral Director takes the reader into the largely hidden world of death and funerals, as set against the picturesque back-drop of the Gloucestershire countryside. After spending twenty five years in the funeral profession so far, there is much that James Baker can share with readers about his professional journey and his experiences. This book was written not just to entertain, but also to enlighten and hopefully, to reassure. Above all, it opens up a whole new view into the practical reality of death and bereavement in contemporary Britain.
“A Life In Death” was written with a wide cross-section of readers in mind, based on the profiles of people who regularly ask the author about what his work involves. If you identify yourself with any of the following statements, then this book will be of great interest to you:
People of all ages who are fascinated with the work of a funeral director, or readers simply looking for an entertaining and very human account of a unique working life;
Palliative care and/or nursing professionals who want to understand more about the various procedures following a death and the choices open to the bereaved;
Would-be entrants into the funeral profession;
Those who are preparing for an imminent bereavement, or those already bereaved, who are looking for a sensitively written, but honest and truthful insight into the practical realities of death and funerals.
“A Life In Death” fills what is still a huge and lingering gap in the market for an intelligent, comprehensive, but highly readable account of life within the funeral profession. The author deliberately avoids the use of hackneyed, predictably humorous anecdotes and overly-sentimental, or lurid, accounts of tragic episodes. Instead, writing as a West Country funeral director, James Baker offers a sensitive, insightful and nuanced account of what his working life is really like.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957346808
  • Publisher: Mill Place Publishing; 1 edition (18 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DJEO4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a good read 18 Nov 2012
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Having worked in the funeral profession myself, I was unsure about purchasing this book; often this kind of work is written by people who concentrate on the darker side of the business; the macabre and shocking. This book was a very pleasant surprise: written with a deep and clear understanding of his profession; compassionate and in places, humorous - but always avoiding the kind of things that horror stories like to embrace.

If all funeral directors were like James Baker, we could all rest easy when giving over the care of our departed loved ones to such a caring person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars respectful and sensitive. 3 Dec 2012
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very interesting. james writes with sensitivity in a way that we lay people can understand. some of their work is very difficult too. an interesting book, nicely written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written 14 July 2014
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Being a funeral director myself I could related to so many of the events in this book. Brilliantly written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 8 July 2014
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Informative without being gruesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 19 Jun 2014
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I bought this book because I've always been intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes in the funeral business - and now I know! I found this book insightful, compassionate and beautifully written. There were also lots of humorous bits in it which made me laugh out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read!! 25 May 2014
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Its not morbid or gruesome, its a fab insight to the funeral trade, I couldnt put it down, really intresting read, I would highly recomend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life in Death 2 April 2014
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I am just reading this book and I wish I didn't have to put it down. It is very interesting and shall look for others when I have finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting 17 Feb 2014
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I am interested in all things to do with undertakers etc. Very sympathetic author and made me realise how much goes on behind the scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT SELLER. EXCELLENT BOOK
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars This book should help demystify the profession and funeral rituals.
As someone who has charitable experience supporting the recently bereaved I found this a most insightful book that should help demystify the profession and funeral rituals. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julie-Ann Dempster
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss
Marvellous from start to finish! Incredibly informative & very well written. Couldn't put it down. The best account of funeral directing I've read. Highly recommend.
Published 8 months ago by laura hepburn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Glimpse Beneath The Shroud
I have long been naively interested in the detail, process and mechanisms of the funeral business. Repeated, regretted circumstance finds me at the graveside or crematorium again... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Roger Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars A life in death by James baker
A really interesting and informative look at the life of a funeral director I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Angela Fitzsimons
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
totally loved this from start to finish complete with the sentimental and humourous side to undertaking.a must read loved it.not to be missed
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good book nicely written, compassionate and in places funny. James Baker obviously loves his profession and it show in his writing of this book.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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