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I have no weddings or baptisms in the funeral home and the folks that pay me have maybe lost sight of the obvious connections between the life and the death of us. And how the rituals by which we mark the things that only happen to us once, birth and death, or maybe twice in the case of marriage, carry the same emotional mail--a message of loss and gain, love and grief, things changed utterly.

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Source Notes: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade ("Crapper") (1997). Lynch comments throughout his work on the disadvantages of the modern "out of sight, out of mind" treatment of death. He says that only a few "marginalized" people like "poets and preachers, foreigners and undertakers" can appreciate "the 'good' in 'goodbye,' the 'sane' in 'sadness,' the 'fun' in 'funerals.'"

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