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In this funny, insightful memoir, a young socialite risks social suicide when she takes a job at a legendary funeral chapel on New York Citys Upper East Side.Good Mourning offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous funeral homes in the country where not even big money can protect you from the universal experience of grieving.
It's Gossip Girl meets Six Feet
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published August 4th 2015)
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Rich Privileged Socialite gets a job as...a Funeral Planner?

Part gossip column, part chicken soup for the soul - this book had it all.

When Elizabeth Meyer had to plan her own father's funeral, she felt a strong connection to the funeral parlor.

And, while wallowing in grief, she decided to apply for a job.

As. A. Funeral. Planner.

I know, right?

After all, everyone always said she threw the best parties - why not put all that experience to good use?

Meyer shows how down-to-earth it is workin
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I must have had a drunk night on Netgalley one night. I somehow requested two memoirs. I usually don't care for this type of book so I did dnf the first one and read this one. Because I'm a sicko and was interested in the working of a funeral home.


Elizabeth Meyer is a little rich girl. Lives on the Upper East side in New York, when her dad passes away she seeks to know something more in life. She goes to work for the ritzy funeral home that handled his arrangements.


Her mom and family is
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Sue
When I requested this book I did so looking as much for a glance into the world of the funeral industry of New York City elites as for the world of the author but what I found was much more the latter. This is definitely an interesting book, with some good stories of actual funerals and planning and thoughtful moments, but then there are all those Manhattan social status comments that drove me a bit nuts. I just didn't think that all the fashion names were necessary or helped the narrative. Inst ...more
Esil
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It was hard for me not to like Good Mourning. Elizabeth Mayer -- who recounts her work at an upscale funeral home in Manhattan -- is so damn likeable and sincere that she makes the topic interesting and forced me -- mostly -- to get past preconceptions I might have about her. Meyer grew up on Manhattan's upper east side in a very privileged family and environment. Her memoir starts with her father's death when she was 21 years old. She clearly doesn't have to work and certainly can't support her ...more
Mindy
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected

When I ordered this book, I was under the impression that the majority of it would be about working for an elite funeral home. I looked forward to hearing about what kind of funerals the upper crust of life really have. That's not what I got. Instead I got a memoir about just how rich Me. Meyer and her friends and family are and I was reminded of her wealth in nearly every other sentence. I get it. You're a wealthy socialite. I didn't need to know that you were sipping on a De
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Susan
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Meyer was a young girl, living a privileged Manhattan lifestyle, when her father died and left her devastated. Having to confront reality, twenty one year old Elizabeth decided that she wanted to help other grieving relatives and asked for a job at the prestigious Crawford Funeral Home. It sounds absurd to say that there can be a prestigious funeral home, but Crawford deals with the funerals for the rich and famous in New York and, as such, Elizabeth helped become a ‘Funeral Planner’ t ...more
Susan
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: proofreading
I'm someone who can't talk about death. I can't think about it, I can't hear about it, I can't dwell on it. Six Feet Under was, so I've heard, a fantastic show. But you wouldn't catch me dead (! see what I did there?) watching it. Because I'd have panic attacks all over the fucking place.

So imagine my surprise when I started reading Elizabeth Meyer's chronicle of her time at a fancy Upper East Side–funeral home, and did not panic. What? How is that even possible?

I don't know. Meyer, constantly
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

"When I was twenty-one and most of my friends were Daddy-do-you-know-someone?-ing their way into fancy banks and PR firms, I was grieving the loss of my father, who had just died of cancer. That's how I found myself in the lobby of Crawford Funeral Home, one of several premier funeral homes in Manhattan, begging for a job one day."

After finding satisfaction in taking charge of her beloved father's funeral arrangements, young New York socialite Elizabeth Meyer joins the staff at Crawford Funeral
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MaryannC. Book Freak
3.75 Stars. This was a sometimes amusing read about Elizabeth Meyer who felt it was her calling to work in a prestigious funeral home after the death of her father. I liked the fact that this book offered details of the super rich and their funerals but with dignity and respect. My only reason for not giving this 4 stars was the sometimes annoying fact that she had to name drop designers and the price tags, like when she describes her $600 Gucci shoes that were ruined. I get that she came from a ...more
Jessica Jeffers
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I usually hate the “X meets Y” descriptors of things, but the Gossip Girl meets Six Feet Under description of this is pretty spot on. Elizabeth Meyer grew up in a privileged environment on the Upper East Side. Her father died when she was 24 and shortly after she decided to ask for a job at the upscale funeral home where his service had been held. Her uber-wealthy family and friends thought it was kind of weird and embarrassing, and her new coworkers assume that she’s an entitled, naïve brat. Bu ...more
Gina
This book's title caught my eye immediately, and I was quite glad it did.

Elizabeth Meyer is a wealthy socialite hobnobbing with the who's who in New York. She's definitely from the right side of the tracks. While planning her father's funeral, little could she have imagined that she, herself, would find a career in the business of death.

To say that her mother and other family members were unhappy with her taking a job in a funeral parlor, even if it is THE funeral parlor on the wealthy Upper Ea
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Alane
Oct 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: death-and-dying
The one star is for the pseudo ghost writer; she deserves more. Elizabeth Meyer"s story, however is just more narcissistic drivel that the 1% think is special solely because they are rich. This book is insulting to the funeral profession, to Crawford funeral home, and to the average grieving person whose life is deeply impacted by the price of an $8,000 funeral.

You only live once. Don't waste any of it on this piece of indulgent, self-congratulatory, crap. Go read a book by a real funeral direct
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La La
This was one of those braggy memoirs where the boasts get in the way of the story. If it had not been a review book it would have been a DNF. I requested it because I loved the television programs: Six Feet Under, and reality show Family Plots.

I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review.
Graham Clayson
As a funeral director, I was pretty bummed with this book. Part of our job is to inform the public of what is seemingly a mysterious profession. What this book did, in my opinion, was inform the public that the only thing funeral directors care about is the bottom line and margins. Of course there are slime balls. We all know one.. But this business is undermined enough by ignorance and hearsay, and this book (told by someone who's advocating?) does nothing to spur positive dialogue, rather it c ...more
Melissa
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thanatopsis
This book is about the author a socialite who gets a job at a funeral home. She loses her Dad and after planning his funeral decides that planning funerals is her dream job.
It seems more like she was bored with her life which included event planning and decided to get a hobby. She evens mentions when she accepts the job that she could go back to interning or event planning if she got bored with the job at the funeral home. She gets a job as a secretary and assumes it means she is going to plan
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Madeline Dahlman
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Say what you want about me but I like hearing about dead people. I think it's interesting. I loved Mary Roach's "Stiff" and Six Feet Under is my favorite show of all time. That being said, I also like me some gossipy, Park Ave type books. This was pretty much the weird, fun mix of those 2 things...Elizabeth Meyer grew up very wealthy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, friends with a lot of celebrities and socialites. So after her father died from cancer, everyone was a little shocked to learn ...more
Lisa  Reads
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting, good insights into dealing with death without that being the main focus of the book. I definitely recommend this as a "good read". And, it fulfilled another of The Finer Books Club selections! ...more
Michelle Arredondo
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to goodreads I won a copy ofGood Mourning!!....I just finished reading it and I miss it already. I want to go back and read it all over again. Aaaaaah....so amazing...so refreshing....a funny....witty...highly entertaining book.

This memoir is the life of Elizabeth Meyer...a woman that comes from money and privilege, she has spent her life mingling among celebrities and other high society people, attended the most prestigious parties, went to the best schools, traveled around the world...
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Cassaundra Robertson
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book!! Elizabeth Meyer has done an excellent job telling her story, I laughed, I cried, I was furious... an emotional rollercoaster of a book.
Jason Schneeberger
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Gallery Books and Netgalley for this advanced copy. The official release date is August 25th!

I've got to admit, I've always had a morbid curiosity about the inside workings of a funeral home. Having a few close relatives die when I was very young perhaps sparked my interest and I guess another reason why is because there isn't a lot of information out there about it. At least that is readily available and/or that I know about.

Elizabeth Meyer is a well to do lady who unexpectedly
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Juli
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I think this is a great book! I have long been impressed with those who work in funeral homes assisting the bereaved, but didn't know much about what happens behind the scenes. The author, Elizabeth, comes from a privileged background and worked at an elite funeral home following the death of her father. She was able to approach funeral planning in a unique way due to her upbringing and her connections and this helped her be very successful in many ways. One way it did not help in her success wa ...more
Bonnie
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
The reviews were more interesting to read than the actual book. Friends and family members could not understand why Elizabeth chose to work as a receptionist at a tony funeral parlor. As a rich, party girl - who didn't have to work, period - it made no sense to anyone as to why she would accept low union wages, long hours and complete disregard by her co-workers to help plan fancy funerals for the rich. Her explanation: as one of "them" (i.e the upper class), she was better able to know what the ...more
Maggie
Eh. I've read a bunch of funeral industry books - starting with Mitford. This is a gloss on the industry through the eyes of an upper east side high-society girl who asks for (and gets) a job at Frank Campbell a month after her father gets dispatched from there. She's kind of too-too, what with her fancy shoes, and I eye rolled through lots of it. But I have to say she redeemed herself at the end. She quit her job, went to business school and is still working In the funeral business. And lord kn ...more
Kathy
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book but I could have done without the name dropping. Meyer seemed to constantly remind how wealthy she was by discussing the brand of everything she wore such as Jimmy Choo shoes. I wanted to say give us more story and less reminders your school cost $40 thousand. a year.
I did enjoy the behind the story tales and would like to hear more.
Marilyn
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I gave this memoir a 4 star rating for a couple of reasons. First, I truly liked the author. She didn't take her socialite status as a card to pass by doing something for others. Secondly, I always enjoyed my studies and some work dealing with death and dying. This story touched me and I highly recommend it. ...more
Lori
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
What could have been a really interesting book wasn't because of the author's overuse of name dropping. I was wondering if she was a paid sponsor for everything from makeup to jewelry to clothing.
I read it anyway because I don't like to give up on a book plus she really a good writer who is both fluid and articulate.
I felt sorry for her over the loss of her father and could tell that it affected her greatly. I would like to see her write something else without being so boastful.
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Ceci
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
You know, at one point in my life I wanted to be a forensic anthropologist or a criminologist. Now that I've read two memoirs about different women in the funeral business, this seems more up my alley. I guess only the future will tell. ...more
Danm
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Like the concept, but don't love memoirs. This was a little too narcissistic for me. Had to stop reading. However, I do believe other types of readers (those who like memoirs) might enjoy it. ...more
Mel Hynes
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the tone, very casual writing style, it's like sitting down over coffee and catching up with your outlandish rich friend who's been up to some craziness the last couple years. Of course, some level of jealousy and lip curl at the lavish lifestyle is mixed in (people really live like that?). But a continued page turn to get another story about how completely unbalanced some of them are. ...more
Teena in Toronto
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Elizabeth, the author, comes from a rich family. She is especially close to her father and when he passes away, she plans his funeral exactly how he would have wanted it ... having her mother's favourite flowers, playing Rolling Stones tunes, etc. She knew that she was good at party planning so thought she'd like to work at Crawford Funeral Home (where her father had his service) and help others plan funerals for their loved ones. She gets a job as a receptionist but soon is assigned other jobs ...more
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