The Undertaker's Wife: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places by Dee Oliver

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Read The Undertaker's Wife: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places Online Free - On Dee Branch's first date with Johnnie Oliver, a fourth-generation funeral director, she knew she was in for a unique relationship when he had to leave for just a minute and he came back to the car with a corpse.

Over twenty years later, Dee was still in love with her charming Southern gentleman when he passed away suddenly in 2007. Determined to carry on Johnnie's work, Dee earned her mortuary science degree, only to find herself barred from reentering the family business. And so Dee crossed the racial divide in the most segregated industry in America and joined the staff of an African-American funeral home as a single white woman.

In The Undertaker's Wife, Oliver draws from her wealth of experience to provide candid and often hysterically funny advice on dying well and surviving the loss of those who have gone before. Her insights on the common ground of grief, survival, and the ever-present faithfulness of God (to all of us, regardless of our race, religious upbringing, or socio-economic background) will help readers prepare for one of life's only certainties and do it with wisdom, grace, and a healthy dose of joy.



Title : The Undertaker's Wife: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places
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ISBN : 0310340837
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Reviews


Hilary rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2015

A light treatment of what could be a very depressing subject. There's an almost accidental beginning, and no easy progression through life here: it'll never be counted as an inspirational "How To Succeed" book! But that's what makes it so real, seeing the false steps, the awkwardness, the rocky p...


Clacie rated it ★★★☆☆

January 17, 2015

Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read & review this book. Mortuaries & funerals have become my new obsession. I find the people who are in this line of work & their stories to be absolutely fascinating. So when I saw this up for review on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it....


Cindy rated it ★★★★☆

May 04, 2015

This is a memoir of the true story told by the author about her life married to a funeral director. It’s a love story that includes loss, laughter, and trusting in God. The author writes with a sense of humor, sometimes in unexpected places, where she finds humor in life. The love and loss she wr...


Dorcas rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 20, 2015

I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I chose this book, some funny macabre tales I guess, but the story wasn't quite what I expected and in the end it wasn't my style. The book reads a bit like a diary that's trying to be funny but ends up being at best, a bit silly, and at worse, a boring...


Susan F rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2015

This is a wonderful book. Review coming soon The Christian Manifesto.


Janet rated it ★★★☆☆

October 23, 2017

Book club selection. The author has a delightful sense of humor, which makes the first part of the book (courtship, marriage and family life) sure to make you smile. Her husband dies suddenly and the book explores not only her own grief, but how other’s responses hurt or helped the situation. (Go...


Donna rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2015

3.5 stars, rounded up as usual. This interesting, accessible memoir will be published in March of this year. My gratitude goes to Net Galley and Zondervan Press for providing me with an ARC. Dee Oliver grows up in a rarified atmosphere in Virginia Beach, where her parents own an oceanfront home. A...


Lwf rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

Interesting, quirky and honest Dee writes this book with both honesty and humor. She falls in love with a funeral director, breaks the engagement and then eventually marries him. She works side by side with him in the industry until he unexpectedly passes away. As a now single mother of three dau...


Pat rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

Dee Oliver shares the deepest of tragedies, the sudden loss of her husband, with candor, humor, and shares insights about how to help someone who loses a spouse during the early days of grief and in the weeks, months, and years later. One would not expect so many "laugh out loud" moments given the...


Monica rated it ★★★☆☆

May 26, 2017

I was interested in this book due to my past work with grief. It was a memoir/ self help/humorous book all rolled in one that was great in parts and fell flat in others. Dee meets her husband to be ( a funeral director ) and on their first date he has to pick up a body. She takes the reader throu...





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