This book is amazing! I have been aware of Thomas Lynch for sometime now but i have never got round to reading any of his material. For this of you who don't know Tom Lynch is an American undertaker ands poet. He is world famous for his works as a writer
and his fly on the wall documentary 'The Undertaking'.
I bought this book off ebay as you cannot get it in this country from a highstreet book shop. From start to finish it had me gripped. I have read a lot of death related books about the funeral
indistry but none like this. This goes more into the philisophical side of the funeral industry and what makes funeral directors tick. It details our fears for the future of the death care industry, our worries for our own families and the reality of our own
mortality. That all seems very involved and a bit deep but honestly the wat Lynch has written it brings humour and warmth to the pages.
For me personally it ticked every box for what I have been saying for years about my profession. Itr is a vocation,
a calling, not something you just to because you fancy a change or your a bit bored. It is a serois business and the peoiple who work in it take it very seriously indeed. The author highlights this beautifully. The book itself is only 226 pages long so it
isn't a difficult read. i mamage to finish it in just over a week. There are no pictures in the book but they way Tom writes you have all the images you want in your head.
This is a book containing a mixture of poetry, personal anecdotes and memoirs
of a life spent in the company of the dead. As I say this delves into the more philisophical side of the industry so you get less of what actually phisycally happens in a funeral home but more the reasoning behind it and why we find ourselves dealing with
death and grief the way we do?