Chapter 1, The Undertaking
• Thomas Lynch was the only undertaker in his hometown of Milford, Michigan.
• Lynch buried a few hundred of his fellow townspeople each year.
• Lynch predicted the market based on a crude death rate.
• Two-thirds of the dead were elderly, 5% children, and 2.5 were baby boomers.
• People assumed Lynch was fascinated by death, but it was simply a job to him.
• Lynch described the embalming process in the death of Milo Hornsby.
• The author believes that when people die, nothing happens to them in an afterlife.
Chapter 2, Gladstone
• Lynch attended an undertakers' conference in the Lesser Antilles.
• Lynch reminisced about his father opening the family's funeral home.
• Lynch's father frequently quoted the 19th century British prime minister, William Gladstone.
• Gladstone believed the character of a people could be found in how they treated the dead.
• Lynch's father died three years earlier.
• Lynch picked up his father's body...
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