A.B. Funkhauser Hi Margaret and thanks for your question. The door is physical and metaphorical. Here on earth, it's the back door in the second basement of the funeral home. It is accessed by funeral home staff and flower delivery staff, so it is a limited access point to the business. It opens into a world where funeral home staff do their work away from the public--embalming,the primary task among them. For Heuer, who is not alive in the book, the door has a very different meaning: it marks the divide between the physical world of the funeral home--where he is trapped--and the world that waits for him, whatever that may be.