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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

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  • Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade (W. W. Norton & Company) – Hardcover (1997)
    by Thomas Lynch, M.H

    Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

    Hardcover, W. W. Norton & Company
    1997
    English
    New ed.
    224 pages

    ISBN: 0393041123
    ISBN-13: 9780393041125

    'Every Year I Bury a Couple Hundred of My Townspeople.' So opens the singular testimony of the poet Thomas Lynch. Like all poets, inspired by death, Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or to cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director. In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ears tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. Here is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between 'the living and ... Show more

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A Life Changer

by NMS47 on Apr 2, 2009

I found this book right after I was diagnosed with cancer. I got such comfort from it and it helped me deal with the fears I had about my possible death. The risk of death and the awful fear was almost 12 years ago, but I still buy this book for anyone I meet who is facing those issues for themselves or a loved one.

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