Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked - Webster

Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked? (Field Notes from a Funeral Director) is  a common question for Robert WebsterAs the owner and director of a funeral home, he hears this question surprisingly often. Spoiler alert: yes, your funeral director will see you naked.  But you'll be dead, so who really cares at that point?

This in-depth look at the mortuary field (I promise Webster minimizes the gruesome details) is quite fascinating, and not at all as morbid as many of you are probably thinking. His thirty plus years in the business offer lots of interesting, funny and enlightening stories, from body collection to fist fights at funerals. 

Webster also offers a wealth of mortuary information to his readers, including things like how much a casket (it's not a coffin) should cost, why funeral home and cemetery staff are often just greedy salespersons (and why/how you should chose wisely), the rules around next of kin and heirs, how the field differs from his native Ohio to other areas of the country, among others.

This book is quick and easy to get through and a must-read for anyone who expects to ever lose other words, just about everyone.

4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.