Undertaker's Wife, The

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No one will forget the people who pass through the home of The Undertaker's Wife. What James Herriott did for the country veterinarian, Celia Hastings does for the small-town undertaker. With warmth, humor, and "a splendid voice," this at-first reluctant undertaker's wife chronicles her own journey from farmer's daughter to obtaining an advanced theological degree and becoming an organist in a small-town funeral home-which is also the family home she shares with her husband, a ...
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Overview

No one will forget the people who pass through the home of The Undertaker's Wife. What James Herriott did for the country veterinarian, Celia Hastings does for the small-town undertaker. With warmth, humor, and "a splendid voice," this at-first reluctant undertaker's wife chronicles her own journey from farmer's daughter to obtaining an advanced theological degree and becoming an organist in a small-town funeral home-which is also the family home she shares with her husband, a second-generation funeral director.

As she is asked to help her neighbors plan their own funerals or those of someone they love, Hastings witnesses miracles; resulting in an unwavering and unconventional faith. With a keen storyteller's gift, she writes about her "customers" and the wisdom she has gained living a life helping others face death. Being of a practical bent, she also gives her readers a solid grounding in the process of planning and holding a funeral, and throws in a touch of wisdom for good measure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932902518
  • Publisher: CSS Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 880,875
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword i
Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 How Did I Arrive at a Place Like This? 3
2 What's It Like to Live in a Funeral Home? 15
3 What Do the Children (and Pets) Say? 37
4 Why Fuss Over the Body? 53
5 Is There a God? 65
6 Is There Life after Death? 79
7 Where Does One Begin to Plan a Funeral? 95
8 How Does One Work with a Funeral Director? 107
9 How Does One Work with the Clergy? 117
10 What are Some Ways to Celebrate Life? 125
11 How Does One Go On Living after a Loved One Has Died? 133
Appendix A Flow Chart 144
Appendix B Death Certificate Information 145
Appendix C Obituary Information 148
Appendix D Methods of Disposition 150
Appendix E General Itemized Price List 151
Appendix F Financial Methods and Resources 160
Appendix G Outline of a Celebration of Life 161
Appendix H1 Scriptures Commonly Used at Funerals 162
Appendix H2 Biblical Passages of Death and Resurrection 175
Appendix I Aftercare: Grief Support Resources 180
End Notes 184
Bibliography 187
About the Author 190
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