What Happens When You Die: From Your Last Breath to the First Spadeful Paperback – Oct 19 1995
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
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!
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