- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks; Reprint edition (April 26 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402250835
- ISBN-13: 978-1402250835
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 13.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?: Field Notes from a Funeral Director Paperback – Apr 26 2011
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About the Author
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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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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Robert Webster, a Funeral Director in middle America, has seen it all, from arranging funeral services for a man who wanted to be buried in his truck to two men who who bartered the cost of a funeral service for a pickup truck and conversion van. He's also a good story teller and the book was very readable.
This book is organized by theme, under which Webster shares stories of his long career and he has many stories from when he was working for others, as well as once he opened his own funeral home in 2001. You don't think about laughing when it comes to funerals-and this isn't even macabre humor in the face of death, it's truly giggle worthy moments that accompany the predicted sad stories that surround death.
This covers a lot of things that I'd venture most people don't think about when planning a service for a loved one, but he also touched on some of the news of the last two decades, including the scandals around funeral homes and their practices and looked at them in a fair light. As a family business, he had the expected look at "carpet bagging", when corporations, but I wouldn't say it was an unfair portrayal.
This book was written in 2006 so the pricing info seems shockingly low, even for middle America.
I was wrong.
It was mostly mediocre anecdotes about his experience in the industry of being a funeral director. Some parts were interesting, but some were very boring -- like him describing his advertising techniques for his business or breaking down how much caskets cost.
I realize now that I should have selected a title less based on it's price and more on its reviews.
Although the title is priceless, the author has a lot of respect for his profession and the respect just leaks out of the pages with the amount of passion he displays with every sentence. And he doesn't have to go into the graphic things that morticians have to do when prepping a body to keep the reader interested.
He changes the way many people imagine a mortician. Instead of being some weird basement dwelling necrophiliac that has problems interacting with the living, people now view morticians as people who truly care about your loved one as well as you. He is helping with changing the idea that movies have placed in our minds about death and morticians.
Robert Webster and his book helped with confirming why it is that I want to go into this field. And he helps with allowing the reader to understand that this isn't a weird or taboo thing to get involved in, we will all be naked with a sheet draped over our body waiting to meet a mortician because let's face it, death is the ultimate goal in life.