Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is younger and engaging, with shut relatives ties, a hectic social existence . . . and an strange profession. whilst she swiftly applies to be a mortuary technician and is on the market the placement, she has no concept that her determination to just accept might be probably the most momentous of her existence. “What I didn’t discover then,” she writes, “was that i used to be approximately to begin the most awesome jobs you could do.”

To Williams, existence within the mortuary is neither grim nor scary. She introduces readers to a bunch of certain characters: pathologists (many eccentric, a few totally crazy), undertakers, and the fellow from the coroner’s place of work who sings to her each morning. No days are alike, and whereas Williams’s sensitivity to the lifeless by no means wavers, her stories from the crypt variety from mischievous to downright stunning. Readers won’t fail to remember the health enthusiast run over whereas doing evening push-ups at the street, the guy so huge he needed to be carted in through refrigerated truck, or the advisor puppy who led his proprietor onto railway tracks—and left him there. The indomitable Williams by no means bats an eye fixed, at the same time she is confronted—daily—with events that may depart the remainder of us speechless.

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