The author, Thomas Lynch, is a mortitian and a poet. This book is a series of essays that express his unique outlook on life due to his occupation of buring the dead. In truth the main focus of the book is on LIFE. When you are dead-you don't care, it is for those still living that death and burial have significance.
I will warn that the writing is frank, at times crude and morbid. There is some swearing and there are some disturbing details surounding death. But overall, really it is what it is. The book is interesting and eye opening. Lynch makes connections to death and life that I had never thought of (simple example: houses used to be where you were born and where you died and were laid out in the parlor. These services have now moved outside of the home. Hence the name "funeral parlors.") Lynch also explores why people feel and act the way they do about the dead. He is very insightful and very good with words.
I would recomend this book but with a cautionary note that this is not a book for every reader.