Mortuary confidential : undertakers spill the dirt

by Harra, Todd.

Format: Print Book 2010.
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Summary
In this macabre and moving compilation of the most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent and deeply poignant stories of life at death's door, readers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of morticians and funeral directors. Morticians have plenty of unusual stories to tell, from shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and corpses gone missing. Some are frightening, others will move readers to tears. But one thing is certain: death drives people crazy!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Undertakers and undertaking -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Publisher New York : London :Citadel ;2010.
Turnaround [distributor],
Contributors McKenzie, Kenneth.
Language English
Description xiv, 234 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780806531793 (pbk.)
0806531797 (pbk.)
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