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.

Death. It happens to everyone, yet most of us don’t want to talk about this final chapter of existence. Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde intimately understands this reticence and fear. The son of an undertaker, he hesitated to embrace the legacy of running his family’s business. Yet he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones profoundly changed his faith and his perspective on death—and life itself. "Yes, death can be bad. Yes, death can be negative," he acknowledges, "but it can also be beautiful. And that alternate narrative needs to be discussed."

In Confessions of a Funeral Director, he talks about his experiences and pushes back against the death-negative ethos of our culture, opening a thoughtful, poignant conversation to help us see the end of life in a positive and liberating way. In the wry, compassionate, and honest voice that has charmed his growing legions of blog readers, Wilde offers an intimate look inside his business, offering information on unspoken practices around death such as the embalming process, beautiful and memorable stories about families in the wake of death, and, most importantly, a fresh and wise perspective on how embracing death can allow us to embrace life.

Confessions of a Funeral Director is the story of one man learning how death illuminates and deepens the meaning of existence—insights that can help us all pursue and cherish full, rich lives.

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

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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.”