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Mortuary Confidential:: Undertakers Spill the Dirt by [Todd Harra, Kenneth McKenzie]

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Engaged in a business “that is all customer relations and rapport,” morticians deal with the vulnerable, emotionally unpredictable, and sometimes distraught, and if the dead can’t complain, their families sure can, as these gleanings from mortuary professionals across the nation attest. Whether a survivor insists on putting false teeth in after the deceased’s mouth has been “frozen” shut by embalming or demands a false eye be placed in its rightful socket, it’s all in a day’s work, along with staring down a hostile, 275-pound biker with “toilet seat-size hands.” The chapter “Wives and Girlfriends” demonstrates that “the lies and secrets we maintain in life cannot be perpetuated in death,” for bank accounts will be inspected, and titillating pictures found. The most common postmortem revelation is the illicit sexual relationship, with its potential for funerary fireworks when spouse and children sit on one side of the front row, the paramour on the other. McKenzie and Harra keep us reading because these true mortuary tales are poignant—and suddenly, gaspingly, in-your-face funny. --Whitney Scott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Todd Harra is a fourth-generation undertaker who works for the family business in Wilmington, Delaware. Todd's family has been involved in funeral service since before the Civil War. His great-great-great grandfather was a cabinet maker, or tradesman undertaker, in the rural town of Milford.

After appearing as "Mr. January" in the 2008 Men of Mortuaries calendar, Todd found himself writing Mortuary Confidential with Ken McKenzie to help support Ken's KAMM Cares Foundation.

Todd is a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and is a certificate holder from the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills. He is a Certified Crematory Operator and sits on the board of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association.
For more information visit ToddHarra.com or follow on Facebook @toddharraauthor

Kenneth McKenzie first became interested in the death care industry at the age of twelve, following his father's suicide. He has been a funeral director for 22 years and a funeral home owner for 14. In 2007 Ken created and published the well received Men of Mortuaries calendar, also the inspiration for this book, to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and received California's Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year award. He resides in Long Beach, California. Please visit MenOfMortuaries.com.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003CNQ4G6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Citadel Press (April 15, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 15, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1066 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 253 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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