Thomas Lynch: The Undertaking

Today, I was reminded of Thomas Lynch’s excellent book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. Lynch is an undertaker by profession, but an excellent, excellent essayist. I first came across his writing while in graduate school, and I found his essays incredibly moving. I return to this book at least once a year, and always find great joy in re-reading his words.

Through a post about mortality, I ended up doing some searching for an excerpt… and found the full first chapter, online. It’s well-worth a read, and I can’t say enough good things about it. The book is very much worth buying.

// Note: Lynch’s writing inspired me to create the Dead Advice project, which I hope to revamp some day in the near future.

Dead Advice: A Guide to Living (From the Dead)
Ten Years of “The Undertaking”
Clowns in the Cemetery

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