Adventures of An Undertaker-in-training

Book - 2010
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At forty-four Tom Jokinen began to seriously question the secular funeral rites that are taking over the industry: Is this really the way we want to say our final farewell? The question had such a hard grip on his soul that he decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker. CURTAINS is about what he found from the mundane to the macabre. For anyone who's secretly wondered why they paid 2,000 for a 5-lb bag of dust - or questioned whether the dust was really the person they loved, this book lifts the veil on the funeral industry in the 21st-century.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2010
ISBN: 9780307355683
Branch Call Number: 393.3 JOL
Characteristics: 279 p


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loonylovesgood Feb 26, 2018

A fascinating read for those interested in the funeral business. Definitely not for the faint of heart though!

Cynthia_N Dec 16, 2014

I finished the book with more knowledge and enjoyed reading it.

Jul 08, 2012

A witty and informative look at the funeral parlour business, but also a touching and provocative thesis on our practices for the dead. Also, if you are a Winnipeger (past or present), a bit of nostalgia as well.

Feb 06, 2012

I'm working on a degree in Thanatology and this book was a romp and full of really pertinent detatil information about the current state of the funeral business, the changes that its facing and a personal look at the people who keep the trade. Sometimes gritty, sometimes tearful and always, an interesting fun read.

q22 Feb 02, 2012

If you don't have a good understanding of the funeral/internment process in Canada this gives one a very good understanding of it. It makes you think about how your own funeral should be arranged, And it does it in a lighthearted, entertaining, humourous manner that I think most people will enjoy.

Sep 04, 2011

Interesting read not grime by any sense, more a look behind the curtain of death and how traditional undertakers are having to look into adapting new rituals and revenue schemes.

LisaGirl Jul 02, 2011

Interesting! I've never read anything on this topic before, and Tom Jokinen gave unique insight into the funeral industry. He also has a great sense of humour! Never did I think I'd be laughing out loud reading about death and the aftermath....but I did! I'd recommend this book....if you can stomach it (the author goes into great detail on embalming, cremation and the like).

Jul 02, 2010

An interesting examination of the funeral industry and our attitudes/fears/expectations around death. Definitely thought provoking - I have done some rethinking on how I want my own funeral arrangements to be handled. The book is not all serious - there are some amusing portions - and it is highly entertaining.


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Feb 23, 2012

...there are three details on every headstone: the name , and two moment sin time, the date of birth and the date of death. But between those moments in time is a dash, and that, she tells u is the mos timportant part of the headstone.

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