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All the Ways Our Dead Still Speak: A Funeral Director on Life, Death, and the Hereafter

All the Ways Our Dead Still Speak: A Funeral Director on Life, Death, and the Hereafter

by Caleb Wilde
All the Ways Our Dead Still Speak: A Funeral Director on Life, Death, and the Hereafter

All the Ways Our Dead Still Speak: A Funeral Director on Life, Death, and the Hereafter

by Caleb Wilde

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Overview

What if our dead remain with us? What if closure is not the goal? No matter what you believe about the afterlife, what if the hereafter intersects with the here and now?

Caleb Wilde, author of the acclaimed memoir Confessions of a Funeral Director, was a skeptic. The baffling stories people told him—deathbed visions of long-dead parents, visits from the other side—must 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 him—and us—what 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506471617
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 05/24/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 45,060
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Caleb Wilde is the award-winning author of Confessions of a Funeral Director and a sixth-generation funeral director. He and his work have been featured in top media outlets including The Atlantic, Time, The Washington Post, Salon, Forbes, NPR, NBC, ABC's 20/20, and Vice. He has a master's degree in theology and is pursuing a doctorate in theology. Wilde and his family live in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

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

Epilogue 203

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 207

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