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

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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....

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.

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...

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.

Kitty rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

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...

Nickie rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

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 passio...

John rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

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 memoi...

Jennafhur rated it ★★★☆☆

October 05, 2017

"When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death’s wildness can shatter the w...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questions and fin...

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