A Thousand Goodbyes by Ruth Graham

Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. Today we have a memoir by author Ruth Graham recounting her work as a ‘Funeral Celebrant’.

That title alone has so many questions flying around my brain. How did she get started down this career path? What is the strangest funeral request she has gotten? What is involved in the job? Did any one funeral really break her heart? (All Funerals tend to be sad, but was there one that was extremely unforgettable?)

As you can see, my brain can easily go down a rabbit hole. A Thousand Goodbyes is definately a unique memoir to say the least.

A Thousand Goodbyes (The Surprising Life Of A Funeral Celebrant)

If you liked Adam Kay’s book, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, you’ll love the joyously life-affirming memoir, ‘A
Thousand Goodbyes’.
When Ruth Graham left the world of stand-up comedy to become a funeral celebrant, she’d
imagined a less combative career.

Over a thousand services later … she knows better.
Probably her most demanding role to date, Ruth has needed every ounce of diplomacy, courage,
humour and her wits about her to juggle the daily challenges.

From grief-stricken families to
amorous widowers through to plate-smashing, warring siblings and even a flock of stoned doves at a
Rasta funeral.

As the story unfolds we witness her new career developing into a
24/7 commitment. Will it break her?
Or will it be the spur she needs to get her own life in order?

Jaw-dropping, informative, moving and hilarious in turn, ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’ is a reminder that
nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow; whilst encouraging everyone to seize their day.


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Author Ruth Graham

📖Author Bio 📖

Ruth Graham has written for many publications over the years on a variety of subjects.
Initially working for Emap Elan on Period Living and Traditional Homes magazine, she then moved on
to freelance for titles as varied as The Evening Standard and The Daily Mail.

A move back to the Midlands in 2000 brought her first big break with her own weekly gossip/opinion
column in The Sunday Mercury (Trinity Mirror), where she was billed as ‘Ruth Graham: More Balls
Than Your Average Bloke’!
She then went on to launch her own magazine ‘Midlands Homes & Interiors’.

Two years later (2007), came her first series of short comedy books, ‘The Bible Series’ (Know The
Score Publishing). One of these ‘The Break Up Bible’ was cunningly launched on Valentine’s day,
gaining great publicity, and a spot on GMTV and Channel 5 news!

Since then Ruth has written and performed her own one-woman show (Just Sayin’); become a
celebrant; and subsequently collaborated with writer/performer Cat Weatherill on the British Arts
Council funded show ‘Unforgettable’ – celebrating the lives of those we’ve loved and lost.

And then came the book ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’ – all about Ruth’s work as a celebrant, the people
she meets and the bizarre, touching and hilarious circumstances that constitute the average day, and
life, of a celebrant.

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I hope you enjoyed and found value from todays post. Let me know what you think about A Thousand Goodbyes in the comments below. Have you ever heard of a funeral celebrant?

And As Always…

Go forth, dear readers, support your favorite indie authors and encourage reading and literacy.

K. LaMon
Lamon Reviews

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