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- File Size: 713 KB
- Print Length: 289 pages
- Publisher: Mill Place Publishing; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009DJEO4W
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- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The authors narrative explains in precise details the process of death, from the first call to the completion of the funeral.
It is also a revealing insight into what goes on 'behind the scenes' at a crematorium, mortuary, and the funeral premises as well.
There is a varied spectrum of 'unusual deaths', and a balanced view on the increasing amount of 'alternative' funerals available.
At times it has poignancy, humour, tragedy, and an underlying grasp of human emotions at a very difficult time. For those who work within the trade, there will undoubtedly be nods of recognition on almost every page. Bearing in mind our society seems inherently uncomfortable with death, and perhaps still maintains a broadly Victorian attitude to its consequences, this book will help to bring the profession into the 21st Century with compassion and understanding.
An interesting read.
Well a fair old chunk of this morbid fascination can attributed to my former acquaintance; one James Baker, a fondly remembered friend from my childhood. James expressed a seemingly unsettling desire to work in the funeral business at a startlingly young age. Nonetheless he was deadly (no pun intended) serious about it. Those of us who knew him well understood this. In the book James almost makes light of the reaction of the school careers teacher to his chosen vocation. As one who was there I can confirm it was a legendary story. Our alma mater dines out on it to this day I am reliably informed.
Having lost touch over two and a half decades ago, I fall victim to the forces of serendipity, and this volume presents itself following an unrelated, arcane Google search.
Forgive the cliché, but this is a book I could not put down. It is the reply to so many unanswered questions. It is informative, witty, humorous, respectful and compassionate. I sometimes think, as a society, we have perhaps brushed death slightly too far under the carpet. James lifts the carpet and shows us that there is nothing to fear beneath it.
So pleased to hear of your success old friend. Well deserved. You certainly showed them!
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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