Confessions 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

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 everyon...

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Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life Reviews

  • Nickie
    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, more passionat...
  • Rachel
    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community!There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love.In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no concept of their exp...
  • Evan Hershey
    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...
  • Andi
    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my own grief. Hig...
  • Ashley V
    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page....
  • John Paxton
    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other side. Part memoir, ...
  • Kitty
    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death. His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the calling buried deep in...
  • Leah
    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is personal and meaning...
  • Annette
    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating.Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral planning and grief) I...

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