Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life by Caleb Wilde

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Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life
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ISBN : 0062465244
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Andi rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

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....

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2017

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...

Ashley rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

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.

Leah rated it ★★★★☆

November 03, 2017

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 mean...

Leigh rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2018

For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb’s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and shows how societ...

Cahleen rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in the busine...

Alise rated it ★★★★★

November 30, 2017

Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares why we need to...

Kayo rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2017

What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read.

Annette rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2017

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...

Evan rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2017

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.

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