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When Elizabeth Fournier was eight, her mother and grandparents died. She spent a lot of time in funeral homes as a kid since her family were frequently found in caskets. Fournier family members didn’t have the best longevity record.As a young girl, Elizabeth found cemeteries a place of peace and tranquility. As a teen, she'd attend funerals of people she didn't know. Not sWhen Elizabeth Fournier was eight, her mother and grandparents died. She spent a lot of time in funeral homes as a kid since her family were frequently found in caskets. Fournier family members didn’t have the best longevity record.As a young girl, Elizabeth found cemeteries a place of peace and tranquility. As a teen, she'd attend funerals of people she didn't know. Not surprisingly, she eventually headed into the local funeral home and asked for a job, any job. She landed the position of live-in night keeper, where she resided in a trailer in the far reaches of a large, hilly cemetery. She slept with a shotgun near her bed, experiencing the scariest summer of her life.In her memoir, Elizabeth Fournier writes about her calling to the funeral industry, and how her early struggles helped shape her life ministry: taking care of the dead and preparing more meaningful burials.As a one-woman funeral service in the rural town of Boring, Oregon, Mortician Elizabeth Fournier supports old-school burial practices that are kinder to humans and the Earth. She has been called “The Green Reaper” for her passionate advocacy of green burial.As an undertaker, she is always ready to lend a hand, or a shovel....

Title : The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician
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ISBN : 9781937178895
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Number of Pages : 268 Pages
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The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician Reviews

  • Elizabeth Cole
    2018-09-19 17:37

    Original review can be found at:**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**When my editor was approached and asked if we would review this book, she immediately knew that it was something I would read. She knows I like off-the-wall books. I love to read quirky non-fiction books and this one seemed right up my alley. Plus the key words in the title: The Green Reaper and Eco-Mortician kind of drew me in from the get go.Nancy’s mother died of cancer when she was only 8 years old. Her grandparents passed away shortly after that. Raised by her father and her slightly older brother she slowly learned to navigate without a maternal figure. She asked her dad “Why?”. His response was “Just because”. She never really understood that response as a child until she was watching the Sesame Street “Mr. Hooper dies” episode and had to explain to her own daughter. As she grew up she became more and more fascinated with death. She would attend funerals of random people. She would be the person that all the neighborhood kids would go to when their pets died. Nancy decided at a young age that she wanted to become a funeral home director and mortician. When she was grown she legally changed her name to her middle name, Elizabeth. She got a job as the nighttime caretaker of a cemetery. She eventually got a job in a funeral home doing odd jobs: Filling in for drivers, washing the cones, fetching coffee, etc. She knew she wanted more. After touring a mortician school in San Fransisco she decided to enroll. She passed with flying colors. She worked in San Fran for awhile before she moved home to Oregon. She eventually found her husband after a string of horrible men. Together they decided she should take the plunge and start her own funeral home that specializes in eco-burials.I loved this book. I read more than half of it in one night. I sobbed, I laughed and I learned a fair amount about the funeral business that I never knew before. I enjoyed every single second of it. I will definitely be first in line when she writes another one. Hopefully, it will be a follow-up to this one!

  • Stephen Clark
    2018-09-23 12:28

    Elizabeth's first memoir, All Men Are Cremated Equal, marked the arrival of a promising new author with a story that cast her as the Carrie Bradshaw of the funeral industry. With her second memoir, Elizabeth offers a more substantive take on her life. The Green Reaper is a fascinating look into the funeral industry as we follow Elizabeth's journey from a little girl dealing with the tragic loss of her mother to a big-hearted woman struggling to succeed as a mortician. Elizabeth's quirky sense of humor helps offset some of the dark subject matter here. I particularly enjoyed her misadventures with Dante, her psychotic fiancé, which led her to the realization that what she needed was right under her nose.

  • Lisa Kusel
    2018-09-24 13:31

    As a nascent scholar of Buddhism I’ve been thinking about and reading a lot about the concept of impermanence lately. Like any human who finds being alive pretty great, I am both fascinated and terrified by the fact that this lovely life of mine is transient. Which is why I bought this book in the first place. I think it’s important to read about death in order to understand and appreciate life that much more. Fournier’s book is not just about death or the mortuary business. Sure, she talks about why she got into the business in the first place, but this remarkably well-written funny/sad tale touches on many fascinating times in the author’s life, from growing up without a mother to getting into show business to finding love to, ultimately, becoming an undertaker who is a proponent of green burials. Along the way, she challenges herself, and her readers, to rethink death, and while she is often hilariously funny, she is always respectful. At times I thought the book got bogged down with a few too many twee anecdotes, but, ultimately, I loved this book and reading it has taught me not only about the transition of death, it’s made me appreciate even more what it means to live.

  • Eryn
    2018-09-18 19:41

    I've been waffling between giving this four or five stars. It's a great book about life that also happens to be about death. I would recommend this to anyone who has not really had to deal with a lot of deaths and may be uncomfortable with the fact that everyone dies. If you are looking for a book of weird deaths and descriptions of icky decompositions, this is not the book you're looking for. (I was looking for more weird deaths. This may have colored my opinion of the book.)If you are looking for a book that has some honest epiphanies and relatable incidents that most of us can recognize in some capacity of our lives -- and just happens to be about a woman in the funeral industry -- then I heartily recommend it.Be forewarned, after about three quarters of the way through, you may need tissues.

  • dejah_thoris
    2018-09-29 19:45

    An excellent memoir of a woman in funeral service who is also on the cutting edge of the green funeral revolution. Made me laugh, reflect, and cry a little, which is the result of any good memoir. I also learned of a new and better way to dissolve remains back into water without any waste and with less of an environmental impact than cremation. Yay!

  • Melanie Finnegan
    2018-10-15 12:22

    I had heard about Elizabeth because she is well-known in Portland for very affordable prices and loving care in her funeral home. Her book is just like her - full of warm humanity. I love that she is a captivating story teller and was able to pull me into her delightful world.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-14 19:40

    I wrote this book so I think I'm required to like it. But I'd like it even if someone else wrote it. But that would be weird to find out there's another mortician in teeny, tiny Boring, Oregon.