Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground
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Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground

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Tim Matson takes us along for a hilarious yet enlightening road trip as he explores through visits with a cast of off-beat characters options for his funeral and disposal of his body.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Tim Matson had written on Earth Ponds and Pilobolus, but in middle age, he began to suffer anxiety about the end of his existence. The first thing that offered relief was a photograph of George “Ginseng” Willard standing shoulder to shoulder with his own coffin, recycled from a rosewood piano. Matson set out to find out more about “Ginseng” Willard while he researched building his own coffin.

Matson’s quest led him to a cast of characters that he refers to as “icons in an eternal drama played by...more
Sadie Forsythe
I picked this up on a bargain shelf somewhere just because the title intrigued me, and it didn't disappoint. It is one man's journey to face his own mortality by exploring the business of death, or more to the point disposal of ones mortal remains. He visits coffin makers, urn makers, graveyards, etc. As morbid as it sounds he does so in a light-hearted and humorous way. The book manages to make you laugh and contemplate death at the same time, not an easy task.
Willa Grant
A wonderful book about the search for authenticity in ones own death & disposal- a surprisingly fun book-
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