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HEADLINE: Discover what the business of death teaches us about life in Caleb Wilde's wry, compassionate, and honest memoir, Confessions of a Funeral Director.
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We are a people who deeply fear death. While humans are biologically wired to evade death for as long as possible, we have become too adept at hiding from it, vilifying it, and—when it can be avoided no longer—letting the professionals take over.
Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde understands this reticence and fear. He had planned to get as far away from the family business as possible. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and how could he do that if all the people he worked with were . . . dead? Slowly, he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was making a difference—in other people’s lives to be sure, but it also seemed to be saving his own. A spirituality of death began to emerge as he observed:
-The family who lovingly dressed their deceased father for his burial
-The act of embalming a little girl that offered a gift back to her grieving family
-The nursing home that honored a woman’s life by standing in procession as her body was taken away
-The funeral that united a conflicted community
Through stories like these, told with equal parts humor and poignancy, Wilde offers an intimate look into the business and a new perspective on living and dying.
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“[Wilde] is an Internet icon redefining a staid profession and opening up conversations about life’s ultimate concerns.”
—THE WASHINGTON POST
“I never thought of a funeral home as sacred space, but I do now. And I’m glad for it.”
—PETER ENNS, author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty
“Wilde not only helps us rethink our fears and misgivings about death and dying, he empowers us to embrace the end of life fully alive. Confessions of a Funeral Director will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and it might just change everything you believe to be true about death.”
—MATTHEW PAUL TURNER, author of Churched and When God Made You
CALEB WILDE is a partner at his family’s business, Wilde Funeral Home, in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. He writes the popular blog Confessions of a Funeral Director and recently completed postgraduate work at Winchester University, England, in the program, “Death, Religion and Culture.” He has been featured in top media outlets, including The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and TIME magazine, and on NPR, NBC, and ABC’s 20/20.