Caleb Wilde, author of the acclaimed memoir Confessions of a Funeral Director, was a skeptic. The baffling stories people told himdeathbed visions of long-dead parents, visits from the other sidemust be hallucinations or wishful thinking, he thought. But the more stories he heard, and the more he learned about non-Western understandings of body and spirit, the less sure he was.
All the Ways Our Dead Still Speak takes readers on a lyrical and tender quest to encounter the hereafter. As Wilde picks up bodies, organizes funerals, and meets with grieving families in a small town in Pennsylvania, those who remain share with himand uswhat they experience in the thin places between life and death. Entwining these stories with his own as a sixth-generation funeral director, and with the findings of neuroscience and the solace of faith, Wilde creates a searching, reverent inquiry into all the ways our dead remain with us. In the process, he takes on prevailing dogmas about death: from a narrow Christian view of heaven and hell, to secular assumptions that death is the end, to pop-psychology maxims that say we all need "closure" after our loved ones die.
The dead don't have to be buried twice, once in the ground and again in our hearts. In the pages of this unforgettable book, learn how love and memory and mystery fuse this world to the next.
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Table of Contents
1 A Dream of Heaven 1
2 An Unsolicited Vision 13
3 Kept Alive by a Funeral 29
4 More than Ourselves 41
5 Selves Conscious 57
6 A Small Part of a Bigger Story 69
7 The Beginning Is Listening 83
8 Bringing My Ancestors with Me 99
9 He Came to Me the Other Night 113
10 Dirty Heaven 127
11 Ominous Forecast 139
12 Conjure Together, Right Now 155
13 Speaking to Ghosts 171
14 Selves Actualization 187