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

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Bestseller Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets and the Life of a Corpse After Death Creat Katherine Ramsland is Books I ve loved books since I was 3, and the library was a highlight of my childhood I ve been fortunate to be able to find great joy in what others have written and sometimes to give this to readers I follow my own muse, because it leads me on interesting adventures If others benefit, so much the better.. 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.. Good Kindle Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets and the Life of a Corpse After Death 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 necrophilia...The act of sleeping with a corpse isn't what disgusted me about the cases of necrophilia presented in this book, it's the people themselves. It was beyond pure sexual gratification for some. I shouldn't go into detail, but the idea that a person could do what "John" did to the corpse of a woman. She had arranged her funeral pre-need (she was dying of cancer) so he'd met her and planned to sleep with her while she was still alive. This man then would have consoled her family after what he did. That is low. It's tantamount to rape. It bothered me.Necrophiliacs aside, Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death is an interesting book. It drags a little in the middle (during the section on ghost and urban legend related stores) but that could have been due to my familiarity with the subject matter. It's also slightly patchy in parts, it seems that the author had a little trouble going back and forward from facts and stories. But over all, I liked it.

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    I ve loved books since I was 3, and the library was a highlight of my childhood I ve been fortunate to be able to find great joy in what others have written and sometimes to give this to readers I follow my own muse, because it leads me on interesting adventures If others benefit, so much the better.

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  • 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 ac [...]



  • 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 hav [...]


  • 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 written as [...]


  • 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 you find yourself f [...]


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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



  • 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 like this bookStiff wasa disappointment.


  • 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 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 there w [...]


  • 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.


  • Infelizmente, ficou bastante aqu m das minhas expectativas um livro escrito por americanos, para americanos N o s n o aborda a quest o da morte e rituais associados de um ponto de vista amplo, de forma a contextualizar muitos dos rituais americanos que, na sua maioria, partilham ra zes com os rituais europeus, como a prosa est cheia de piadas e coment rios pseudo humor sticos.Esta uma caracter stica que, infelizmente, tenho encontrado em outros textos de n o fic o e que me aborrece imenso, como [...]


  • 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 depth on a [...]


  • 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 was born in R [...]


  • 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 could have been writt [...]


  • 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 inevitably [...]


  • It was interesting, but served 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 of a collection of stories to look up on your own as there [...]


  • 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 it was a [...]


  • 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 although NOT [...]


  • 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 ghost stories from the people she interviewed Instead there were 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • This book is a collection of basic facts about death and the death industry, as well as occasional shocking tidbits If presented in a 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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