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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 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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Table of Contents
|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|
|About the Author||190|