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Get Glimpse Into Quirky Life of Funeral Director with New Memoir by Ralph R. Rossell

Step through the doors of the funeral home via Ralph R. Rossell's memory for an unforgettable glimpse into small-town life, the business of funerals and the very human responses to the mysteries of death in a book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Flushing, MI, February 20, 2018 --( In “The Life of Death: The Bare Bones of Undertaking,” released by Dog Ear Publishing, Ralph Rossell reveals what it was like growing up in a funeral home in a small Midwestern town and then becoming a funeral director.

Rossell's life has always been focused on death. He encounters a new set of circumstances with every family who contacts Rossell Funeral Home to arrange a funeral: the widow who lived a lavish lifestyle and then discovered she was destitute; the loving caretaker niece who thought everything she had been promised would be taken away by greedy relatives; and the widow who was convinced her husband would rise from the dead.

Rossell's memoir also covers the bare bones perspective of becoming a funeral director, the funeral industry, doctors, hospitals, cemeteries, priests and ministers (the good, the bad and the ugly) and even the paranormal. This book is a roller coaster of Rossell's life of death. It may very well change readers’ own perspective of life and death.

These are responses from readers:

“Each evening I could not wait to get home and start reading your book. It was everything a great book should be – informative, entertaining, funny, and thought provoking,” writes Linda Cole. “I had a hard time putting it down...I loved taking a trip down memory lane when you were a boy. I enjoyed learning about the mortuary business that I did not know. You hit a home run with this book, Ralph. Everyone should read it.”

“It is a fair, open and honest look at your lifelong occupation. You have handled the good, the bad, and the ugly of said profession in a way that ties all the complexities of the business together, yet separates them with your thoughtful knowledgeable insights into each one,” writes Ed Nerychel. “Your professionalism and sense of humor shine throughout, making it a very enjoyable and educational read.”

“Ralph R. Rossell, it's not very often I can't put a book down once I've started reading it,” notes Nancy Bowman Walker. “I read your book, ‘The Life of Death’ in one sitting and want to read it again and again. (I'm sure I've missed details.) Your candor and obvious love of Flushing drew me into your world if only for a few hours. Thank you for taking the time to put your thoughts on paper. I am waiting for the sequel.”

With more than 45 years of experience, Rossell is uniquely qualified to provide insights into the life of a licensed funeral director. He has a BA degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, a mortuary science degree from Wayne State University and is licensed by the state of Michigan. Rossell, who has officiated at several weddings, is an ordained minister with American Marriage Ministries. He and his wife of more than 45 years, Elizabeth, enjoy restoring old homes. They have a married daughter, a married son and two grandchildren.

“A candid, sensitive, and occasionally humorous account of life as a funeral director.” – Kirkus Review

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The Life of Death: The Bare Bones of Undertaking
Ralph R. Rossell
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-145755-701-9 272 pages $24.95 US Hardcover
ISBN: 978-145756-049-1 272 pages $14.95 US Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-145756-067-5 $9.99 US E-book

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