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Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt

Kenneth Mckenzie, W. Todd Harra

ISBN 9780806534237
Publish Date 5/1/2010
Format ePub
Categories Non Fiction Bio/Memoirs

“As unpredictable and lively as a bunch of drunks at a New Orleans funeral.” —Joe R. Lansdale

When the casket reached the front of the sanctuary, there was a loud cracking sound as the bottom fell out. And with a thump, down came Father Iggy.

From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers have plenty of unusual stories to tell—and a special way of telling them.

In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death’s door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape.

Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked—in a wine bottle. And then meet their families—the weepers, the punchers, the stolidly dignified, and the ones who deliver their dead mother in a pickup truck.

If there’s one thing undertakers know, it’s that death drives people crazy. These are the best “bodies of work” from America’s darkest profession.

“Sick, funny, and brilliant! I love this book.” —Jonathan Maberry

About Kenneth Mckenzie:

Kenneth McKenzie first became interested in the death care industry at the age of twelve, following his father’s suicide. He has been a funeral director for 22 years and a funeral home owner for 14. In 2007 Ken created and published the well received Men of Mortuaries calendar, also the inspiration for this book, to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and received California’s Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year award. He resides in Long Beach. Please visit www.menofmortuaries.com.


Photo Credit: David Champagne

About W. Todd Harra:

W. Todd Harra lives and works in Delaware. This is his second book. For more information please visit www.wtoddharra.com.

Photo Credit: Melissa Harra


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