Passion and compassion, tragedy and comedy, the natural and the supernatural! all this and more is part of the daily routine for Barry Albin Dyer and his proud, historic firm of funeral directors. This book is an eye-opening account of the astonishing variety of work performed by Barry and his staff, such as the repatriation of bodies from all corners of the globe, including casualties of the Iraq War, the traditional cockney funeral and the horrors of the 'night shift'. Their human, down-to-earth approach demonstrates the important and noble role played by funeral directors in the lives of people of all backgrounds throughout the world.
Barry Albin Dyer is President of FIAT-IFTA, the world association of funeral directors, and heads up F. A. Albin and Sons in Bermondsey, South London, one of the country's oldest family-run firm of funeral directors. His first book, Don't Drop the Coffin became the basis of a six-part ITV documentary series of the same name. He is now one of the UK's best-known undertakers and is consulted on and conducts some of the most high-profile funerals in the country. He is also the sole European agent for Detroit's controversial Cryonics Institute.