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Author: Harold Schechter
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the tradition of Mary Roach's bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford's classic exposE The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. With his trademark fearlessness and bracing sense of humor, Schechter digs deep into a wealth of sources to unearth a treasure trove of surprising facts, amusing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Schechter
ISBN: 9780345512512 0345512510
OCLC Number: 436302832
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Death : can't live with it, can't live without it --
Be prepared --
Funeral facts --
Grave matters --
Cremation, cryonics, and other postmortem possibilities --
Loss and hope --
Death can be fun!
Responsibility: Harold Schechter.

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In the tradition of Mary Roach's bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford's classic exposE The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. With his trademark fearlessness and bracing sense of humor, Schechter digs deep into a wealth of sources to unearth a treasure trove of surprising facts, amusing anecdotes, practical information, and timeless wisdom about that undiscovered country to which we will all one day travel. Topics include - Death anxiety'is your fear of death normal or off the scale' - You can't take it with you ... or can you' Wacky wills and bizarre bequests - The hospice experience'going out in comfort and style - Deathbed and funeral etiquette'how to help the dying and mourn the dead with dignity - Death on demand'why the right-to-die movement may be the next big thing - "Good-bye everybody"'famous last words - The embalmer's art'all dressed up and nowhere to go - Behind the scenes at your local funeral home - Alternative burial choices'from coral reefs to outer space From the cold, hard facts of death to lessons in the art of dying well, from what happens in the body's last living moments to what transpires in the ground or in the furnace, from near-death experiences to speculation on the afterlife, The Whole Death Catalog leaves no gravestone unturned. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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