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Elizabeth Meyer’s “sweet, touching, and funny” (Booklist) memoir reads as if “Carrie Bradshaw worked in a funeral home a la Six Feet Under” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Good Mourning offers a behind-the-scenes look at a legendary funeral chapel on New York City’s Upper East Side—mixing big money, society drama, and the universal experience of grieving—told from the unique perspective of a fashionista turned funeral planner.
Elizabeth Meyer stumbled upon a career in the midst of planning her own father’s funeral, which she turned into an upbeat party with Rolling Stones music, thousands of dollars worth of her mother’s favorite flowers, and a personalized eulogy. Starting as a receptionist, Meyer quickly found she had a knack for helping people cope with their grief, as well as creating fitting send-offs for some of the city’s most high-powered residents.
Meyer has seen it all: two women who found out their deceased husband (yes, singular) was living a double life, a famous corpse with a missing brain, and funerals that cost more than most weddings. By turns illuminating, emotional, and darkly humorous, Good Mourning is a lesson in how the human heart grieves and grows—whether you’re wearing this season’s couture or drug-store flip-flops.
From Publishers Weekly
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Wanted to like this book. A few interesting funeral facts. Hard to look beyond the disgust for the wealthiest and their funeral helper. (And forced to wear aerosoles to work- the horror!)
I recommend this book if you are curious about or work in the funeral biz.
Good mourning had me mourning
Wish it would have been more about the day to day life of working with celebrities in death rather than a memoir about a little rich girl growing up in New York. It's about 1/4 of life working in a elite funeral home and 3/4 rich girl who dresses only in designer clothing and carries ridiculously expensive hand bags. Super disappointing.