3 Must-Read Books for Funeral Directors

A good book at the end of a long day can help you unwind and provide relevant information you can use on a regular basis. Whether you just need a mental escape or want some continuing educational content, below are a few must-read books from a memoir to a guide for funeral directors and professionals.

“Pardon My Hearse”                 

This memoir by Allan Abbott, proclaimed as the “funeral director to the stars,” shares the different celebrities — both living and dead — that he met during his life. When you want to escape, this is the book for you. You’ll read juicy gossip and many stories about those celebrities he encountered including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, and Frank Sinatra. 

Not only will you get a glimpse of the secrets of Hollywood celebrities that are now gone in “Pardon My Hearse,” but Abbott also rented his fleet of limos and props for different productions. You may never get the chance to bury a celebrity, but at least you can imagine through the words of his book what it was like to do so.

“The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers”

This New York Times bestseller is a good read, providing both humor and information. The book explores the history of death as well as the living, from medical experiments to seminars and researchers using human cadavers for instruction and more. Written by Mary Roach, this book provides a history of how cadavers have been used spanning 2,000 years.

“The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" provides a fascinating and educational look into the postmortem use of human bodies.

“Traversing the Minefield Best Practices: Reducing Risk in Funeral-Cremation Service”              

Written by Michael Kubasak, also the author of the best-selling “Cremation and the Funeral Director,” this book provides handy tips for funeral directors that provide cremations or are looking to start. His book is set to help you avoid lawsuits, reduce the risk for burials and cremations, and improve service to your families.

Litigation against funeral professionals is a touchy subject, but it happens. This helpful guide provides timely information on how to care for families and provide properly directed cremation services while protecting yourself and your funeral home.

These must-read books will let your mind wander, then bring you back with information and history relevant to the work you do every day.