A Funeral Director Says Many Churches (Unknowingly) Promote A ‘Death Negative’ Narrative


What do you think about when you think about funerals? Most of us probably think about death, grief, mourning, tears, and the well-dressed corpses of lost loved ones. But Caleb Wilde, a longtime funeral director, says that working funerals has taught him about joy, community, faith, and the beauty of a life well-lived. His new book, “Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life,” is both a fascinating look into the funeral industry and a compelling reflection on what it means to be a living, breathing human.

Here, Wilde discusses how the church has promoted a “death negative” narrative and what his line of work can do to reverse that.