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The Embalmer by Anne-Renee Caille is an uneasy survey of death, our relationship with it, and the people who work with death on a regular basis. The novel is written in poetic prose and each new section is punctuated by the examination of a different dead body the embalmer has worked on throughout his career. Each body has its own significance to the embalmer and through each body a different story is woven about our relationship with death, the living, and our hopeless attempts at understanding the two.

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To choose the dead can mean many things. In some ways, I would argue that by choosing the dead the embalmer wishes to connect with death and connect with whatever is left after death has taken life. Yet the profession of an embalmer is to also create the illusion of life. With different embalming fluids and stitches, thick makeup and dyes, the embalmer reanimates the dead for the viewing pleasure of the living. Death, in this regard is very much about the living and those left behind. We can only perceive and understand death through the interpretation of life. No one has ever died and then come back later to tell all. The dead in this case are very simple,

Despite the futility of his work, the embalmer is still somehow drawn to the dead. We never truly learn his motivations, just that when he was a child he was intrigued by death and dead bodies. Working with death attracts all sorts of people to it, some for honorable reasons like trying to understand death or to help the living move on after someone has passed on, however, there are also those who have a more devilish fascination with death.

The book talks of death by fire, suicide, murder, accident, fate, old age, water, and everything in between. It is not a book for those uncomfortable with death. The matter-of-fact way of speaking about death is comforting though and I found myself consoled by the uncomplicated prose.

Fueled by a childhood fascination with death, journalist Hayley Campbell searches for answers in the people who make a living by working with the dead. Along the way, she encounters mass fatality investigators, embalmers, and a former executioner who is responsible for ending sixty-two lives. She meets gravediggers who have already dug their own graves, visits a cryonics facility in Michigan, goes for late-night Chinese with a homicide detective, and questions a man whose job it is to make crime scenes disappear.

Hayley Campbell is an author, broadcaster, and journalist. Her work has appeared in WIRED, The Guardian, New Statesman, Empire, GQ, and more. Her books include All the Living and the Dead and The Art of Neil Gaiman. She lives in London with her cat, Ned.

I helped prepare my grandmother and embalmed my cousin and one of my high school teachers. I would draw the line at mom or dad. Although I do know of a few embalmers who have embalmed their parents. Those of us who choose to handle the preparation of our friends and loved ones usually do so because we feel as though we can do the best job restoring their natural appearance because we knew them so well in life. It is difficult, but it's a labor of love.

(for those who haven't read it, the first page gives a list of people who wrote about the things they saw and the things they did...famous people throughout history. Underneath is another list of people who never wrote about the things they saw and did. They were the undertakers who buried and embalmed the first lot. The page ends with "Death is a mystery but burial a secret." )

Diseases of the kidney are in the top ten causes of death in the United States. Difficulties from renal failure can severely affect the embalming process and an unacceptable outcome may result. This failure may cause emotional harm to grieving families. After graduation from an accredited funeral service education program, very few resources exist for continuing education in the embalming of kidney disease/renal failure cases. This book breaks that silence. Kidney disease, renal failure, and dialysis are explored in the early chapters of the text. After understanding the disease, examinations are made of existing standards of care for embalming renal failure cases. Finally, suggested protocols are outlined and expert embalmers from around the United States offer personal suggestions for successful embalming of renal failure cases. This is a useful guide for all levels of embalmers.

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When embalmer Freddy Foley's young daughter was murdered two years ago by "The Angel Killer", his life was turned upside down. Now, his estranged wife reaches out to him and their grief is ignited all over again as the serial killer strikes another young victim. Unraveling fast, Freddy's millionaire "life of the party" best friend, George Casey, does everything within his power and his finances to keep his friend from self-destruction.

Brae Wyckoff is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed author, born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jill, since 1993, and they have three children and seven wonderful grandchildren. He loves storytelling, his family and friends, and living the fullest life possible that brings meaning and purpose to himself and others. Brae is an open book and welcomes everyone to contact him. If you would like to have Brae Wyckoff come out and speak at any event, book club, author signing, please email him directly. You can find Brae on all the social media channels.

Mitsukazu Mihara's profoundly moving look at life and death returns as Shinjyurou encounters desperate souls in his journey to uncover what it truly means to be alive... A dying wish, a tortured widower, a last-grasp at humanity, and a cleansing rain--these are just a few of the painfully honest clues to life that take Shinjyurou closer to the definitive answer to the ultimate question..."A great starting point if you like reading books about the great beyond, because it stays firmly grounded in the land of the living. If you've ever lost someone close to you, this book will really tug at your heartstrings, but it also might become a treasured part of your bookshelf."

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The mummification process took seventy days. Special priests worked as embalmers, treating and wrapping the body. Beyond knowing the correct rituals and prayers to be performed at various stages, the priests also needed a detailed knowledge of human anatomy. The first step in the process was the removal of all internal parts that might decay rapidly. The brain was removed by carefully inserting special hooked instruments up through the nostrils in order to pull out bits of brain tissue. It was a delicate operation, one which could easily disfigure the face. The embalmers then removed the organs of the abdomen and chest through a cut usually made on the left side of the abdomen. They left only the heart in place, believing it to be the center of a person's being and intelligence. The other organs were preserved separately, with the stomach, liver, lungs, and intestines placed in special boxes or jars today called canopic jars. These were buried with the mummy. In later mummies, the organs were treated, wrapped, and replaced within the body. Even so, unused canopic jars continued to be part of the burial ritual.

The embalmers next removed all moisture from the body. This they did by covering the body with natron, a type of salt which has great drying properties, and by placing additional natron packets inside the body. When the body had dried out completely, embalmers removed the internal packets and lightly washed the natron off the body. The result was a very dried-out but recognizable human form. To make the mummy seem even more life-like, sunken areas of the body were filled out with linen and other materials and false eyes were added.

As part of the funeral, priests performed special religious rites at the tomb's entrance. The most important part of the ceremony was called the "Opening of the Mouth." A priest touched various parts of the mummy with a special instrument to "open" those parts of the body to the senses enjoyed in life and needed in the Afterlife. By touching the instrument to the mouth, the dead person could now speak and eat. He was now ready for his journey to the Afterlife. The mummy was placed in his coffin, or coffins, in the burial chamber and the entrance sealed up.

We use embalming today for two primary reasons - to allow adequate time between death and burial to observe social customs such as visitations and funeral services, and to prevent the spread of infection. Cosmetic work is often used for aesthetic reasons.

If an autopsy is being performed, the vital organs are removed and immersed in an embalming fluid, and then replaced in the body, often surrounded by a preservative powder. If an autopsy is not performed, the embalmer aspirates fluids out of the body cavity by making a small incision near the navel and aspirating the bodily fluids. Most corpses in the USA and Canada are embalmed, though it is not required by law in most cases. 350c69d7ab


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