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Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?: Field Notes From a Funeral Director [Paperback]

Robert Webster
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April 26 2011 1402250835 978-1402250835 Reprint
With curious anecdotes and unbelievable truth, funeral director and embalmer Robert Webster shares empathetic yet entertainingly quirky stories about the funeral business. He answers those embarrassing questions foremost in our minds and provides readers with behind-the scenes stories of what really goes on after you're dead with both empathy and humor that satisfies readers curious about the oddities of death. What kind of person becomes a funeral director? How difficult is the art of making Grandma look like Grandma again? What's the biggest ripoff in the business?

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Robert Webster has been a licensed embalmer and funeral director in Ohio since 1977. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary and opened the Webster funeral home in Fairfield, Ohio, in 2001.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Jan. 8 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you have ever wondered about this topic but did not know who to ask, this book is for you. The stories make learning about the funeral business less morbid but you still get the big picture. They are at times funny, poinent and remarkable well written but there were times when I did shed a tear. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book and found that I had to be in the mood to read another story as this is not a light hearted book. It answered some things I had been wondering about and told me things I never thought about. That is why I totally love this book, it was told in a way that I was learning things and did not realise it because of the way it was told. Definately something I would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of the Business of Death May 25 2011
By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the first book that I've ever read on a funeral director's professional life and experiences and I've found it to be absolutely fascinating. The author discusses the many facets of his profession: what the work physically involves, the prices and fees that are charged, the many different types of people he has dealt with, rivalries within families, some of the awfully strange situations that he has found himself in over the decades - some rather amusing, some horrifying and some very strange - and much more. The author has also kindly provided very useful information and advice: types of caskets and their prices, types of services offered, the pros and cons of pre-arranging one's own funeral and the various pitfalls and how to avoid them. Most importantly, the author tells us how death can (and should) be dealt with compassionately and fairly by all professionals in his field - something that unfortunately does not always happen.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I appreciate the author's useful advice, some of which I intend to apply in my own situation.

The author writes very clearly and in a friendly, frank and very engaging style. He clarifies certain terms and debunks some misinformation. The stories that are recounted are very revealing, always fascinating and full of surprises. This book, because of its subject matter, should be of interest to absolutely everyone.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of the Business of Death May 25 2011
By G. Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the first book that I've ever read on a funeral director's professional life and experiences and I've found it to be absolutely fascinating. The author discusses the many facets of his profession: what the work physically involves, the prices and fees that are charged, the many different types of people he has dealt with, rivalries within families, some of the awfully strange situations that he has found himself in over the decades - some rather amusing, some horrifying and some very strange - and much more. The author has also kindly provided very useful information and advice: types of caskets and their prices, types of services offered, the pros and cons of pre-arranging one's own funeral and the various pitfalls and how to avoid them. Most importantly, the author tells us how death can (and should) be dealt with compassionately and fairly by all professionals in his field - something that unfortunately does not always happen.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I appreciate the author's useful advice, some of which I intend to apply in my own situation.

The author writes very clearly and in a friendly, frank and very engaging style. He clarifies certain terms and debunks some misinformation. The stories that are recounted are very revealing, always fascinating and full of surprises. This book, because of its subject matter, should be of interest to absolutely everyone.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read on a touchy topic Sept. 21 2011
By James D. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Even if you've never been the slightest bit curious as to what happens in a funeral home this isn't a bad read at all. The writer is an experienced funeral director and has seen and heard stories of families gone wild at viewings, the strange things people will steal at a funeral home, the practical difficulties involved in preparing a body for viewing and the business end of burying the dead.

Robert Webster has written his book in a very engaging style. There are a few places where the text is uncomfortably graphic but since I have a relative in the business I can say without fear of contradiction that the odd stories he tells are along the same lines of ones I've heard before... only the names of the deceased has been changed to protect the innocent.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Mark Aug. 7 2011
By Sandy L. Moffett - Published on Amazon.com
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It is amazing the things that you see and hear in a funeral home. This book is funny, at times hard-hitting and very true to the day to day of our job.

S. Moffett
aka Funeralsinger
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Material June 28 2013
By Dr. D - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert D. Webster's "Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?" is one of the best books out there about the funeral industry. The author pulls a no holds barred approach in discussing exactly what goes on in today's funeral homes while mixing things up with his own laugh-out-loud anecdotes.

I recently was considering going to mortuary science school to pursue a career as a funeral director. However, this book helped to persuade me not to undertake (no pun intended) such an endeavor. I really think that this book would dissuade someone from entering the funeral business. I can't see how it would encourage anyone to become a funeral director. Sure, I love studying death, and I was a previous Pathologist's Assistant, but the funeral industry is so political and conniving in nature that it's disgusting. With the current (and ever-expanding) corporate takeover of the funeral business, it's best to just stay out of it entirely. Although I would love the anatomical and paperwork-related parts of the business, I just can't see myself dealing with grieving people all the time and (most likely) working for a greedy company.

I think the beauty of this book is the fact that it prepares people to make well-informed decisions when it comes time for their own funerals. The author's down-to-earth, intelligent writing style really encourages you to prepare for your own under-the-earth future. For this reason, Webster's book should be standard reading for everyone, and it's never too late to think about your own funeral!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something everbody's curious about... July 13 2012
By Jerry Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought this book was pretty interesting. Most people are probably like me and have no idea what the death business really is about. Yes we are all going to die, but what happens after that? This book has some frank answers.
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