The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade Topics for Discussion

Thomas Lynch
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How does Thomas Lynch's job as funeral director give him a unique perspective on death? What are beliefs about death that he does not share about others?

For Lynch, what are funerals really about? What social role do they play?

What is Lynch's criticism of assisted suicide?

Explain Lynch's idea for starting the Golfatorium. What gives him the idea? And what broader lesson about a certain juxtaposition does he draw from it?

Explain why Lynch decided that he wanted to know when he would die and how he proceeded to figure it out. When he made his discovery, what broader lesson about life and death does he draw from it?

What did Thomas Lynch learn from his father and William Gladstone? Why did he decide they were right?

Lynch describes himself as a mixture of a feature of his mother's and a feature of his father's. What...

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