Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets and the Life of a Corpse After Death

Cemetery Stories Haunted Graveyards Embalming Secrets and the Life of a Corpse After Death Never look at a grave the same way again Admit it You re fascinated by cemeteries We all die and for most of us a cemetery is our final resting place But how many people really know what goes on ins

  • Title: Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets and the Life of a Corpse After Death
  • Author: Katherine Ramsland
  • ISBN: 1904132022
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • Never look at a grave the same way again Admit it You re fascinated by cemeteries We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary assistants, gravediggers, funeral home owners, and , and find out abouNever look at a grave the same way againAdmit it You re fascinated by cemeteries We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary assistants, gravediggers, funeral home owners, and , and find out about Stitching and cosmetic secrets used on mutilated bodiesEmbalmers who do than just embalmThe rising popularity of cremation artGhosts that infest graveyards everywhereIf you ve ever scoffed at the high price of burying the dead, or ever wondered how your loved ones are handled when they die, or simply stared at tombstones with morbid fascination, then take a trip with Katherine Ramsland and learn about the booming industry and strange tales that surround cemeteries everywhere.

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    • Matt says:

      I picked up a copy of this book based on a negative review which claimed it was disgusting. It's always an occasion when such reviews on the subject matter turn out to be true, but absolutely, to a large portion of the population this book would be quite disgusting. I'm part of a smaller percentage of the population who have no problem whatever with reading about decomposition, embalming, exploding corpses, and leaking crypts. In fact it was all good until I reached the section on necrophiliaThe [...]

    • Kelly says:

      Lots of interviews and urban legend, not a lot of research or depth. Mary Roach's STIFF is excellent, though.

    • TyLean Polley says:

      I found this book enjoyable, but it's very poorly written. The organisation of the book is haphazard, information is often repeated, and topics that should be given at least 20-page chapters are summarised into paragraphs. Although there are resources at the end of the book, nothing in the text is cited and very few sources even mentioned. This essentially makes it a heresay book of storytelling, which would be absolutely fine, except that the writing has absolutely no flavour or pizazz. I would [...]

    • Lorraine says:

      The death industry needs a special kind of person with a certain kind of personality. Katherine Ramsland's Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death asks and answers many questions on these topics. The author covers these areas, but unfortunately with her stiff writing style, the book which has a great deal of information is flat. It comes across as a high school term paper where the student struggles with the topic she has chosen. It is writte [...]

    • Tracey says:

      The subtitle sums this book up nicely - if you've done other reading on the death care industry, a lot of the information will be a repeat. Although she does have a bibliography page, many of the "haunted graveyard" and funeral home stories have an air of the apocryphal about them. The embalming section does go into detail - so if you're easily squicked, you might want to skip that section. And unless you're *really* strong-stomached - skip the necrophilia section - TMI indeed. All in all - if y [...]

    • Mandy Huot says:

      Although I was initially excited with this book, I found only a few chapters of it to be specifically about cemeteries! I did enjoy the funeral home chapter though, as I too was writing a book on funeral homes/cemeteries, and enjoyed my interviews.

    • Krista says:

      All I can say is this is in my top ten of my very favorite books. She goes across the country talking with morticians and their families and teaches, in a very storytelling way, about the history to now of the mortuary services. This was very helpful for me when I wrote my first book.

    • J.F. Penn says:

      Read for research for my next book - not for the faint-hearted but an excellent overview of what happens to corpses. Cremate me as fast as possible when I pop off, because I do not want to end up on an embalming slab

    • Vicki says:

      Very interesting book for me. I learned alot from this book about death, funeral homes, embalming and a bit of what goes on behind the scenes before a funeral or burial takes place. Nothing really brutal, but can be a sensitive area if you have recently lost a loved one.

    • Annie says:

      This was kind of creepy, but very informative. It's a factual trip of what a body goes through, from death to the monuments they have on their graves. I really liked it!

    • Erin Tuzuner says:

      Here Lies the HypeThis novel was undeveloped and mostly anecdotal. There are much better books out there.

    • Geri says:

      Enjoyed every minute of this book. It had many interesting stories covering the variety of topics as in the title.I thought Stiff was going to be more like this bookStiff wasa disappointment.

    • Sue Thompson says:

      This is what I would describe as an overview book, it does not go into detail about anything. I don’t feel it needs to as Ramsland describes at the beginning that this was a subject she was curious about and intended to find out more. At no point was she trying to write an exhaustive or academic account and therefore should only be treated as an introduction or interest book.It took me two attempts to read this, I started reading this a while ago but then a family member took seriously ill and [...]

    • Regan says:

      Really good non-fiction -- she covers all the bases in a clear style. She takes some of the mystery out of what happens when we die and does it in an understandable and not gory manner.

    • Gisela says:

      Infelizmente, ficou bastante aquém das minhas expectativas. É um livro escrito por americanos, para americanos. Não só não aborda a questão da morte e rituais associados de um ponto de vista amplo, de forma a contextualizar muitos dos rituais americanos que, na sua maioria, partilham raízes com os rituais europeus, como a prosa está cheia de piadas e comentários pseudo-humorísticos.Esta é uma característica que, infelizmente, tenho encontrado em outros textos de não ficção e que m [...]

    • Azra says:

      I admit it. I love old cemeteries. I have also been ghosthunting and find funeral homes interesting, rather than morbid. I do have a line though and don't think I could ever be an embalmer. So that is why I picked up Cemetery Stories, despite being written by Katherine Ramsland. I had read Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires Today and didn't like it - I found her writing and attitude irritating.She seems to have gotten beyond those problems with this book. It doesn't go terribly in d [...]

    • Freya Gordon says:

      Think I would have preferred to actually read the interviews she conducted with her subjects than her summaries. Also a bit disappointed that she doesn't seem to have conducted ANY research into some of her stories - which throws rather a lot of the rest of this book into question for me - for instance the story of Damien's grave in Illinois? The guy was a gardener who died of stomach cancer - not the son of the devil. The supposedly mysterious carving of the protection charm 'roania' - the guy [...]

    • Cornerofmadness says:

      I’ve read several other books by Ramsland. I’m all over the place in how much I like them. This was square in the center. It’s good but I neither loved nor hated it. This covers a host of death related subjects. It starts with funeral directors and that business. I’ll be honest. I struggled through this. I had just read something similar last month and this was so schizophrenic hopping from one aspect to another. That’s the issue with books like this, trying to cover too much. A book c [...]

    • Fiona says:

      Interesting read from this author who explores the concept of death and what happens to our body after the event. Spilt into three chapters she follows what happens immediately following death to the body, how it breaks down and the role of the undertaker, embalmer and cosmetic expert. Ramsland also meets up with other people who are interested in death and dying, touring cemeteries and museums dedicated to death. The final chapter is all a little weird and covers the ghost stories that inevitab [...]

    • Cristina says:

      It was interesting, but served more of a sample of the stories of the dead. Ramsland doesn't really go into too much detail on one subject, and I agree with Trisha's comment about Ramsland jumping to something new right when you get interested in what she's talking about.Overall, a good book if you're interested in small anecdotes about the dead and what happens to them. Don't expect to get any wealth of information from it. I suggest using it more of a collection of stories to look up on your o [...]

    • Sean says:

      Whoa nelly, what a book this was. This book is not, I repeat, NOT for the faint of heart. It talked about everything from ghosts, to detailed descriptions of the stages our bodies go through after we die, to insane weirdos having sex with dead peopled detailed descriptions about it. I checked this out of the library once, and my mother picked it up from the coffee table and started reading it. After 5 minutes, she yelled, "Oh Sean! GROSS!"I wasn't expecting it to be very gross, but it was. But i [...]

    • Trisha says:

      I love the idea of this book, but though it IS fairly interesting, it's a bit disappointing at times too. Ramsland's writing style is a bit too rambly and anecdotal for me. She tends to jump to something new- just when I'm getting interested. This one is not nearly as confusing and meandering as Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today however.I do recommend it for writers of horror and dark fantasy. The section on "body cheese" alone is worth the price of admission (alth [...]

    • Gigi says:

      I picked this up for book research, and it was filled with interesting tidbits from morticians, cemetery caretakers, etc. From the subtitle that begins with "haunted graveyards," I was expecting more ghost stories from the people she interviewed. Instead there were more gruesome stories about real-life activities that aren't for the faint-hearted. Informative, but you might not want to know some of the stories from Ramsland's interview subjects.

    • Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis says:

      This was a quick read. As a child I grew up with an old graveyard right across the road from where I lived. I think that is where the fascination began. This book is good but I could have done without what sickening things people do with dead bodies. I did find most of the book interesting and did find out things that I didn't know. Overall a good read but wouldn't pass it on as most people I know would find reading about sex with a corpse offensive.

    • Gail Baugniet says:

      When you run out of Kathy Reichs stories about bones or Jan Burke novels with "bones" in the title, it's time to turn to cemetery stories. Maybe growing up across the road from a cemetery gives me this morbid streak.Along with the entertainment, Katherine Ramsland offers some good advice writers can use: medical examiners versus coroners and corpse abuse, to name a couple of topics covered. She even has a section on Haunted Cemeteries, right up my alley.

    • Caroline says:

      This book is just so gosh darn entertaining with tons of anecdotal stories around death and death care. Also, very enlightening as to the cemetery industry. Worth a read for anyone interested in this hidden industry. (Not really hidden, but not many of the living like to look at death care unless they have a need for it.)

    • Andrea says:

      I understand the embalming process, boring! This book read like a young child recently come home from summer vacation, bursting at the seams with random bits of information, trying to tell them all to a friend to impress them when they themselves had no understanding what they are saying. Poor writing style and NOT entertaining or educational.

    • Robyn says:

      This book is a collection of basic facts about death and the death industry, as well as occasional shocking tidbits. If presented in a more orderly fashion or in some amount of depth, it could've been a really interesting read. However, the book reads like a book report written by a 5th grader.

    • andie says:

      I echo the other reviewer who said that if you want a good book about what happens to bodies after death, you should read Stiff by Mary Roach. This book had interesting topics, but was often repetitive and jumped from topic to topic. The worst, though, were the constant attempts at affirming how "creepy" everything was.I got about half way through this book, I was way too bored.

    • Jeannie says:

      Anything and everything you could possibly want to know about what happens to your body after death is in this book. It was fascinating reading even though many parts of it were quite ghoulish. I couldn't put this book down but then again maybe I'm a bit different.

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