Confessions Of A Funeral Director: How The Business Of Death Saved My Life by Caleb WildeConfessions Of A Funeral Director: How The Business Of Death Saved My Life by Caleb Wilde

Confessions Of A Funeral Director: How The Business Of Death Saved My Life

byCaleb Wilde

Hardcover | September 26, 2017

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The blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director—what Time magazine called a "must read"—reflects on mortality and the powerful lessons death holds for every one of us in this compassionate and thoughtful spiritual memoir that combines the humor and insight of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes with the poignancy and brevity of When Breath Becomes Air.

We are a people who deeply fear death. While humans are biologically wired to evade death for as long as possible, we have become too adept at hiding from it, vilifying it, and—when it can be avoided no longer—letting the professionals take over.

Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde understands this reticence and fear. He had planned to get as far away from the family business as possible. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and how could he do that if all the people he worked with were . . . dead? Slowly, he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was making a difference—in other people’s lives to be sure, but it also seemed to be saving his own. A spirituality of death began to emerge as he observed:

  • The family who lovingly dressed their deceased father for his burial
  • The act of embalming a little girl that offered a gift back to her grieving family
  • The nursing home that honored a woman’s life by standing in procession as her body was taken away
  • The funeral that united a conflicted community

Through stories like these, told with equal parts humor and poignancy, Wilde offers an intimate look into the business and a new perspective on living and dying

Caleb Wilde is a partner at his family’s business, Wilde Funeral Home, in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, where he lives. He writes the popular blog Confessions of a Funeral Director, and is currently completing postgraduate work at Winchester University, England, in the program, “Death, Religion and Culture.” He has been featured in top med...
Title:Confessions Of A Funeral Director: How The Business Of Death Saved My LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062465244

ISBN - 13:9780062465245

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Moving! A really insightful book, nice to read about death as a life event and not in the negative
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An insightful read! I received access to an advanced copy of the book, but am looking forward to getting my hands on a physical copy!!. I devoured this book. It was an insightful read, and gave me pause to think about how we view death as a society. The book illustrates how backward we have become when dealing with death, how we have become "backdoor" when dealing with death. Caleb, offers insight as to how we need to have a "front door policy" when dealing with death. I can't wait to see if Caleb's writing helps normalize deathtalk.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book!! I eagerly awaited this book and was lucky enough to read an advanced copy, it did not disappoint. Caleb's approach to death and the funeral industry is a breath of fresh air and is what pushed me to follow my dream of working in the industry myself. If you haven't done so already, pick up a copy...or 3, you wont regret it! Well done, Caleb!!
Date published: 2017-09-27

Editorial Reviews

Confessions of a Funeral Director is deep. It’s also thoughtful. And refreshing.”