Down Among the Dead Men

Author: Michelle Williams
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 1593763883
Format: PDF
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Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. “What I didn’t realize then,” she writes, “was that I was about to start one of the most amazing jobs you can do.” To Williams, life in the mortuary is neither grim nor frightening. She introduces readers to a host of unique characters: pathologists (many eccentric, some utterly crazy), undertakers, and the man from the coroner’s office who sings to her every morning. No two days are alike, and while Williams’s sensitivity to the dead never wavers, her tales from the crypt range from mischievous to downright shocking. Readers won’t forget the fitness fanatic run over while doing nighttime push-ups on the road, the man so large he had to be carted in via refrigerated truck, or the guide dog who led his owner onto railway tracks—and left him there. The indomitable Williams never bats an eye, even as she is confronted—daily—with situations that would leave the rest of us speechless.

Working with the Dead

Author: Josephine Price Powell
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595766234
Format: PDF, Docs
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A must for those with an interest in Death. Working with the Dead provides a readable and true account of the author's encounters with Death, before and after she became an embalmer. Without a doubt this sometimes humorous, yet sensitive and caring approach to death and embalming, will keep the reader gripped on every page. Anecdotes from her personal life and experience make the book engrossing, sad and sometimes funny-but it is not for the faint hearted. Working with the Dead opens doors to modern embalming and caring for the dead in a way that is easily understood by those wishing to follow the art. Make yourself comfortable, lock the door, and prepare to be surprised.

Dead Center

Author: Shiya Ribowsky
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061741973
Format: PDF, ePub
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A city with eight million people has eight million ways to die For fifteen years, Shiya Ribowsky worked as a medicolegal investigator in New York City’s medical examiner’s office—the largest, most sophisticated organization of its kind in the world. Utilizing his background in medicine, he led the investigations of more than eight thousand individual deaths, becoming a key figure in some of New York’s most bizarre death cases and eventually taking charge of the largest forensic investigation ever attempted: identifying the dead in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies. Now, in this mesmerizing book, Ribowsky pulls back the curtain on the New York City’s medical examiner’s office, giving an enthralling, never-before-seen glimpse into death and the city. Born and raised in New York City’s orthodox Jewish community, Ribowsky seems an unlikely candidate for this macabre profession. Nevertheless he has forsaken a promising career of medical work with the living, descending instead into the realm of the dead, enticed by the challenge of confronting death on a daily basis. Taking you through the vermin-infested Bowery flophouses and posh Upper East Side apartments of the city’s dead, Ribowsky explores in gruesome detail the skeletons that hang in the Big Apple’s closets. Combing through the autopsy room, he also exposes the grim secrets that only a scalpel and a dead body can tell and explains how forensic investigation does not merely solve crimes—it saves lives. But it is in the aftermath of September 11 that the ME’s office is handed its biggest challenge: to identify as many of the fallen as possible. With poignant descriptions, Ribowsky provides a dramatic account of the office’s diligent and unflappable work with the families of the victims, helping them emerge from the ashes of this tragedy while displaying the strength, grit, intelligence, and compassion that Americans expect from true New Yorkers. At once compelling and heartbreaking, Dead Center is a story of New York unlike any other, blending the haunting with the sublime, while painting a striking portrait of death (and life) in the city that never sleeps.

And Then I Cried

Author: Justin Jordan
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780985558246
Format: PDF
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Jordan details life as an Air Force Mortuary Non Commissioned Officer. He holds nothing back, and shares in graphic detail how he honored Americas heroes, both at deployed locations and stateside.

Mortician Diaries

Author: June Knights Nadle
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781577318576
Format: PDF
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After 50 years in the funeral business, 80-year-old grandmother-undertaker June Knights Nadle has seen it all — at least all of what goes on before, during, and after life’s ultimate challenge. In Mortician Diaries, she combines equal doses of charm, humanity, humor, and reality to tell it like it is on this taboo subject. A kind of Prairie Home Companion set in a mortuary, the book features memorable stories of regret — “I wish I had kissed him on the morning he had the accident” — and renewal, as the lesson of facing life’s last great event is learned, or not. Some of the accounts here are funny, some sad. Some are haunting in their strangeness as they reveal the many ways in which people cope. Along the way, the reader is drawn into Nadle’s own life story as an unconventional woman who devoted herself to the dead and to those they left behind.

Critical Care

Author: Theresa Brown
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061999431
Format: PDF, ePub
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“Among all the recent books on medicine, Critical Care stands alone.“ — Pauline Chen, author of Final Exam “A must read for anyone who wants to understand healthcare. Extraordinary.” — Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Critical Care is the powerful and absorbing memoir of Theresa Brown—a regular contributor to the New York Times blog “Well”—about her experiences during the first year on the job as an oncology nurse; in the process, Brown sheds brilliant light on issues of mortality and meaning in our lives.

Curtains

Author: Tom Jokinen
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306818965
Format: PDF, Mobi
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At forty-four, Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? With the marketplace offering new options (go green, go anti-corporate, go Disney, be packed into an artificial reef and dropped in the Atlantic...), is there still room for tradition? In a year of adventures both hair-raising and hilarious, Jokinen finds a world that is radically changed since Jessica Mitford revised The American Way of Death, more surprising than Six Feet Under, and even funnier and more illuminating than Stiff. If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains.

Working Stiff

Author: Judy Melinek, MD
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476727252
Format: PDF, ePub
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A New York City forensic pathologist and her Harvard-educated husband describe her experiences as a student and doctor throughout the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack and the disastrous crash of Flight 587.

Don t Drop the Coffin

Author: Barry Albin-Dyer
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780340861936
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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From graveside punch-ups and gangland-style funerals to the sci-fi mysteries of cryonic suspension, this is the story of Barry Albin-Dyer, who runs one of the UK's oldest family firms of funeral directors, in Rotherhithe, South London. Now an ITV documentary, this edition contains extra photographs and a new cover.