Tuesday, December 27, 2011

PBS Frontline: "The Undertaking" looks at a funeral home in Michigan

This evening, some PBS stations re-aired the PBS Frontline documentary “The Undertaking”, link here.
 
The program centered on Thomas Lynch and his funeral home business in Michigan.  It focused on the process of the family, adjusting to the idea that it can never interact with the person alive “on this planet” or in this lifeline again. It did discuss the wide range of arrangements that are possible.  Some families actually witness cremations the way others would see formal burial ceremonies.  
  
The film was produced by Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor. 
 
Lynch is the author of the book “The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade”, published by Norton in 2009 (paper).  Lynch also writes poetry. 
 
I worked with the industry in December 2010, with the passage of my mother at age 97.  I did not want to linger at the individual steps.  We had a simple graveside memorial a week later, and a church memorial a month later with music as well as remembrances (“Drama” blog, Jan. 16, 2011). 

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