Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life

The blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director?what Time magazine called a "must read"?reflects on mortality and the powerful lessons death holds for every one of us in this compassionate and thoughtful spiritual memoir that combines the humor and insight of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes with the poignancy and brevity of When Breath Becomes Air. Death. It happens to everyon The blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director?what Time magazine called a "must read"?reflects on mort...

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Title:Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life
Author:Caleb Wilde
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life Reviews

  • Andi
    Jul 30, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

  • Leah
    Nov 03, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

  • Jill Vosberg
    Jul 10, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

  • Jennafhur
    Oct 05, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

  • Annette
    Oct 14, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

  • Amy
    Sep 14, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

    Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questi...

  • Kitty
    Sep 15, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

  • Lucy
    Feb 22, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

  • Colleenish
    Nov 08, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

  • Rachel
    Jul 07, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

  • Leigh Kramer
    Jan 28, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

  • Mel
    Feb 25, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

  • Ashley V
    Sep 12, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

  • Sienna
    Feb 23, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

  • Nickie
    Sep 22, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

  • Bethany Zimp
    Oct 22, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

  • John Paxton
    Sep 26, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

  • Shaun
    Jun 26, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

    Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questi...

    The thing I noticed most with this book was Wilde's tendency to construct lists in his narrative. This is not to the detriment of his memoir, in fact, it reveals something greater about the memoir that I am unsure was intentional (not that intention is necessarily relevant, if it's the...

  • Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
    Feb 23, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

    Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questi...

    The thing I noticed most with this book was Wilde's tendency to construct lists in his narrative. This is not to the detriment of his memoir, in fact, it reveals something greater about the memoir that I am unsure was intentional (not that intention is necessarily relevant, if it's the...

    I have contradictory opinions about this book. As many people already mentioned, there are too much God-talks. There is too much of personal. But because author brings it up, let me tell you: I found a bit unethical of author to adopt his child from the young mother who could not aff...

    I really liked it... and it got better as it went along. It is short, only 200 pages, and a quick read. The stories are moving as he relates different families and their losses. His journey as he matures into the role is interesting as well. I know many funeral directors consider this ...

    I bought this at a book signing Caleb was at. I went to support a local guy, a fellow Octorara graduate, and because I have been following his blog of the same name since early on. I have to admit, until I stumbled on his blog, I didn't really know Caleb. His parents, I knew. His grand...

  • Teryn Rehberg
    May 26, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

  • Kayo
    Nov 30, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

  • Cahleen Hudson
    Jan 24, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

  • K.P. Lynne
    Jan 03, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

    Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questi...

    The thing I noticed most with this book was Wilde's tendency to construct lists in his narrative. This is not to the detriment of his memoir, in fact, it reveals something greater about the memoir that I am unsure was intentional (not that intention is necessarily relevant, if it's the...

    I have contradictory opinions about this book. As many people already mentioned, there are too much God-talks. There is too much of personal. But because author brings it up, let me tell you: I found a bit unethical of author to adopt his child from the young mother who could not aff...

    I really liked it... and it got better as it went along. It is short, only 200 pages, and a quick read. The stories are moving as he relates different families and their losses. His journey as he matures into the role is interesting as well. I know many funeral directors consider this ...

    I bought this at a book signing Caleb was at. I went to support a local guy, a fellow Octorara graduate, and because I have been following his blog of the same name since early on. I have to admit, until I stumbled on his blog, I didn't really know Caleb. His parents, I knew. His grand...

    Caleb Wilde is not only a master funeral director, but a genuine wordsmith, as evidenced by this professionally written literary work, etched with the deepest of thoughts, written upon pages torn straight from the often-times-tormented heart and soul of someone who deals with the darkn...

  • Alise Chaffins
    Nov 30, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

  • Evan Hershey
    Aug 22, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

  • Anna Glezina
    Aug 13, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

    Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questi...

    The thing I noticed most with this book was Wilde's tendency to construct lists in his narrative. This is not to the detriment of his memoir, in fact, it reveals something greater about the memoir that I am unsure was intentional (not that intention is necessarily relevant, if it's the...

    I have contradictory opinions about this book. As many people already mentioned, there are too much God-talks. There is too much of personal. But because author brings it up, let me tell you: I found a bit unethical of author to adopt his child from the young mother who could not aff...

  • Allen Madding
    Dec 24, 2017

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

  • Julie
    Jul 18, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

  • Karen Potts
    Mar 17, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

  • Kathryn
    Jan 12, 2018

    A powerful, positive, honest meditation on death . . . as someone who has found herself with death as her companion in a lot of ways in my life, I found this book to speak truth to my experience, to encourage me to embrace the way I don't always see death as an attack, and to honor my ...

    This poignant, thought-provoking memoir takes a look at life through the lense of death in a manner akin to something like Six Feet Under meets When Breath Becomes Air. It is a slow burn but I savoured every page. ...

    I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this book for the goodreads community! There is no one who won't be touched by death; their own, and the deaths of those they love. In the modern US, we place our elderly, sick, and dying in sterile, far-away places, where we have no co...

    The writing is beautiful, sincere, and very human. Caleb Wilde, who like Caitlin Doughty is a young funeral director who is part of the "positive death" movement, recounts how he came into the family business, at first reluctantly and then embracing it. Each story he recounts is person...

    For honest reflections about death and grief, I often turn to Caleb Wilde. In his memoir Confessions Of A Funeral Director, Caleb?s honesty about his doubts and anxiety makes his insights that much more compelling. He suggests (and I agree) we adopt a death positive narrative and sh...

    Can you write a life-giving book about death? Perhaps not all are able to, but in his first book, Calve Wilde, a funeral director out of Pennsylvania certainly does. Having experienced my own losses, I found that the way Caleb writes about death and dying to be a comfort. He shares...

    Well, My goal was to finish this book this weekend and I just got it done under the wire - 4 minutes to spare! This book has amazing & profound insights & observations of life and death and our humanity. The author can?t help but take a spiritual journey given the topic. H...

    I thought this would be more stories about learning and employing the funeral industry. Instead it was the author's spiritual journey in understanding his families business. Not really what I was looking for. ...

    What a positive spin on death. Very impressed with the knowledge and compassion the author has. Nice read. ...

    This was not what I thought it would be, but still good. Obviously I didn't really read the reviews before I started this or I would have known better, but I thought it would be a funeral director telling us of his adventures with the various funny and zany characters he came across in...

    I thought this would be more about the funeral director aspect and less philosophical. Shows I didn't really read the blurb before I started it, but it ended up being a thought-provoking book on death and religion. ...

    A moving, uplifting & even (oddly enough) charming account of this funeral director's journey to a deep & personal understanding of death, God & life. A book I'm glad I read. ...

    An honest and heartfelt story of Caleb Wilde, a fifth (and sixth) generation funeral director. I've followed Caleb's blog for a few years and find his reflections on grief, death and the funeral biz totally fascinating. Being in a similar profession ( dealing with death, funeral plann...

    Excellent little read. ...

    I have never forgotten the first essay that I read about Caleb. It stuck with me and had me thinking weeks and months later. Since then, I found him on social media and was quite excited to read his book. I found this book to be an expanded view of the raw view into Caleb's journey of ...

    A good read on good reads. This book was well written and funny at times but the real value it provides is a much needed culture shift in how we as Americans grieve. ...

    This book made me feel a little judgy since the author is so close to my age and background. I found the chapter about the drug addict to be very moving. I would say that it was worth the read for just that story. ...

    While I understand that this book is his journey to finding a death positive narrative, I just wish I would have read the reviews. Way too much god and jesus in the book for the staunch athiest I am. Brings a new perspective, but had I read the reviews before I bought this book, I'd no...

    Caleb Wilde has grown up with the business of death.   His parents were both children of independent funeral directors, and from their union came Caleb, who despite a healthy dollop of "What am I doing?" being yelled at him from the deepest recesses of his brain, followed the callin...

    Sixth generation funeral director Caleb Wilde engages the negative narrative that we all seem to engage when we encounter death. Nursing home and hospitals hide the dead. Families pay professionals to whisk the dead from our sight. We use trite phrases like, "time can heal", "they're i...

    I've been reading Caleb's blog for just several months, and I can honestly say he has changed the way I think about death -- and life. At first he made me laugh, then he made me ponder, and he even made me cry. This book brings together everything that endeared me to him in a broader, ...

    I loved this very personal, vibrant exploration of our relationship with death. I kept thinking, 'what a lovely man,' as he laid out his doubts, resistance, & imperfections but kept his eyes & heart open to his community in their loves & losses. He writes of how inappropria...

    Death becomes him. Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation funeral director and his book that takes you from his early days of playing formalda-hyde and seek in the funeral home to becoming a near basket or, casket, case due to the demands of the role and how he emerged on the other s...

    "When hardship comes, some hearts are broken apart, and like pottery or glass, those hearts are difficult to put back together. But other hearts are broken open like a fist that opens itself to receive and give back, or like clay that adapts to pressure. Whereas death?s wildness can ...

    Surrounded by death his entire life, Caleb Wilde learned how to embrace it. He takes you from his childhood to where he stands now, as an adult helping to run the family business. He questions God. His intentions, his path, everything. Instead of blindly falling in line, he asks questi...

    The thing I noticed most with this book was Wilde's tendency to construct lists in his narrative. This is not to the detriment of his memoir, in fact, it reveals something greater about the memoir that I am unsure was intentional (not that intention is necessarily relevant, if it's the...

    I have contradictory opinions about this book. As many people already mentioned, there are too much God-talks. There is too much of personal. But because author brings it up, let me tell you: I found a bit unethical of author to adopt his child from the young mother who could not aff...

    I really liked it... and it got better as it went along. It is short, only 200 pages, and a quick read. The stories are moving as he relates different families and their losses. His journey as he matures into the role is interesting as well. I know many funeral directors consider this ...