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What Happens When You Die: From Your Last Breath to the First Spadeful [Paperback]

Robert T. Hatch
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Oct. 19 1995
This intriguing glimpse into the once mysterious aspects of death tells what happens-- step-by-step-- during the embalming and cremation processes.

Here you will find information once known only to funeral directors, including:

What happens to the body when attacked by organisms it once easily fought off

The varied religious beliefs surrounding funerals and wakes

The evolution of embalming: From the ancient Egyptian religious rite to embalming as we know it today, which began during the Civil War, When bodies were shipped home for burial

Alternatives to embalming, including mummification... and much more

"What Happens When You Die" explains simply and in startling detail-- with no touch of the macabre-- what happens when we enter a realm where two divergent forces control our destiny; the undertaker and the soul.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad March 4 2004
Format:Paperback
I had worked for a funeral home at one time, many years ago. I wish this book had been available then, since there were, and still are so many questions. More often than not, it's the family of the departed who want to know what really happpens and this book would have eased a lot of the tension. Morticians seem to have a mysterious aire about them, almost as if their work is a deep, dark secret. But there is little that is secret about the emblaming and dressing process here. The author covers just about every REASONABLE question one could have about the business. Anything further could be obtained through books devoted to the actual emblaming process. You might think this is a macabre little book, but undertakers have a difficult task, to make the deceased look as good as possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What Happens When You Die Aug. 27 2002
Format:Paperback
I got the book, and read it all the way through in one evening. I thought the book was pretty good. I would of liked for it to be a little more in depth. In one of the beginning Chapters I felt left hanging when the discussion between the man in the book and his sister regarding what they had experienced at the particular time when they realized they knew something about life while still alive, that only the dying or the dead know. Unless I missed something, I never got their answer, only there brief reactions. Otherwise, I thought the book was pretty informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What Happens When You Die April 2 2006
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An okay book but pricey for the quality. Looks like a bunch of typed pages bound together. The author is capitalizing on the secrets of the industry so perhaps he feels they are worth the cost of the book. There are a lot of things left unwritten however and interviews between the author and others in the industry don't really say much. Working in the industry myself I often like to read what others say about it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intensely matter-of-factly written April 27 2000
By Frank Ruelas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What stands out the most after reading this book is the manner in which the author presents something that will happen to each of us despite our station in life.
The author does a very nice job separating the philosophical, religious, and spiritual aspects that cultures attach to death by presenting a play-by-play rendition of what happens to us at the moment of death and carrying it forward. I would even offer that some people might say that the author is very sterile sounding at times in his description to the point of sounding clinical. However, I feel this adds to the effectiveness of the author's presentation and allows for the reader to add his or her own subjective evaluations of the physical aspects of death.
I admire the book's approach in dealing with a topic that is often limited to hushed conversations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Left with more questions than answers Aug. 15 2001
By Lynn Boutin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all this book was typed with very small type..so if your eye sight isn't what it used to be, don't bother..unless you have a magnifying glass handy.
The contents of the book left me with more questions than answers. I wish the author would of been more in depth with the procedures of embalming such as the orafices are plugged up...well, with what? Also there must be a few mistakes made in the business of death...none were mentioned. Also alittle on decomisition would of helped me to understand the dying process.
This book left me hanging in my casket!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad March 4 2004
By Peter Stines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had worked for a funeral home at one time, many years ago. I wish this book had been available then, since there were, and still are so many questions. More often than not, it's the family of the departed who want to know what really happpens and this book would have eased a lot of the tension. Morticians seem to have a mysterious aire about them, almost as if their work is a deep, dark secret. But there is little that is secret about the emblaming and dressing process here. The author covers just about every REASONABLE question one could have about the business. Anything further could be obtained through books devoted to the actual emblaming process. You might think this is a macabre little book, but undertakers have a difficult task, to make the deceased look as good as possible.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your last breath and $19.00 Feb. 1 2007
By A. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Please don't bother. This "book" is akin to a poorly written high school term paper. The author gives no credentials and has strange views (Phlegmatic people live longer than active ones because they don't use up as much energy). Save your $19.00 and invest in a credible book. Death To Dust What Happens To Dead Bodies? by Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, is a well written informational book that delivers not only a good value, but an enjoyable, and informational reference.
3.0 out of 5 stars What Happens When You Die Aug. 27 2002
By "mymissy" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I got the book, and read it all the way through in one evening. I thought the book was pretty good. I would of liked for it to be a little more in depth. In one of the beginning Chapters I felt left hanging when the discussion between the man in the book and his sister regarding what they had experienced at the particular time when they realized they knew something about life while still alive, that only the dying or the dead know. Unless I missed something, I never got their answer, only there brief reactions. Otherwise, I thought the book was pretty informative.
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