Things I learned Saturday morning at the mortuary: -Wikipedia is great as a starting point, but gets a lot of stuff wrong (duh!)
-People die 24-7 and the funeral director has to be available to pick up the deceased and, often, begin work on the body immediately, even in the middle of the night. Many times they are a one-man/woman-show making all the arrangements, meeting with the family, preparing the body, arranging the wake and burial, etc. All the while, always on-call for the next one. It's a tough job.
-As a result, not a lot of people are going into this line of work. But the work's not going away. If you're not sure what to do with your life...
-I learned the start-to-finish steps a body takes from death to burial, with a focus on the details of the entire enbalming process.
-And I saw lots of equipment including, but not limited to: eye caps, mouth formers, needle injector and wires, forceps, aneurysm hooks, arterial tubes, and a trocar (pictured)
It was a really valuable visit and I'm grateful to funeral director Paul Bradley of Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home who generously gave two hours of his time to patiently answer my questions and detail the work he does.
Now, back to correct the errors in the manuscript...