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Curtains

Adventures of An Undertaker-in-training
Jokinen, Tom (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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At forty-four, Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? With the marketplace offering new options (go green, go anti-corporate, go Disney, be packed into an artificial reef and dropped in the Atlantic...), is there still room for tradition? In a year of adventures both hair-raising and hilarious, Jokinen finds a world that is radically changed since Jessica Mitford revised The American Way of Death , more surprising than Six Feet Under , and even funnier and more illuminating than Stiff . If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains .
Authors: Jokinen, Tom
Title: Curtains
adventures of an undertaker-in-training
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo Press, c2010
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tom Jokinen
ISBN: 0306818914
9780306818912
Branch Call Number: B-Jo676c 2010
Subject Headings: Funeral rites and ceremonies Canada Anecdotes Undertakers and undertaking Canada Biography Undertakers and undertaking Canada Anecdotes Jokinen, Tom
Topical Term: Funeral rites and ceremonies
Undertakers and undertaking
Undertakers and undertaking
LCCN: 2010920629
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At forty-four Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains.

At forty-four Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains.


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Jul 08, 2012
  • bette108 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • PamelaL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 02, 2012
  • q22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • twiggyshui rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 02, 2011
  • LisaGirl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Queen_Bee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Methinks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

...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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