Mortician Diaries

Mortician Diaries

The Dead-honest Truth From A Life Spent With Death

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Makawao, Maui, HI : Inner Ocean Publishing, c2006
ISBN: 9781930722620
1930722621
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 393 Nad

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karcoldelharvic5 Jun 11, 2016

As a former Hospice nurse found this interesting. Sometimes a bit funny, other times mad you sad, but that is life.

jesking Dec 28, 2015

This is a sweet book. If you have any WWII people left in your family, you will find some familiarity in Mrs. Nadle's storytelling - from the "grew up on a farm" point of view to the no-nonsense attitude of that generation, yet with a huge open heart. Nice stories about the point of view of a mortician looking mostly to help the living and a very fascinating lady of her time.

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