People Magazine Sept 7 Issue

People Magazine Sept 7 Issue




USA Today – August 18, 2015

USA Today

Good Housekeeping: August 2015

Good Housekeeping


The Times of London – August 17, 2015

Booklist Review: Issue: June 1, 2015

The untimely death of Meyer’s beloved father got her thinking. Shortly thereafter, though she didn’t need the money, she took a job as a secretary at Crawford, New York City’s funeral home to the stars, discovering that she had “a gift for planning last hurrahs for the richest of the rich (and sometimes the craziest of the crazy).” Despite her friends’ dismay, her mother’s and brother’s concern, and her socialite grandmother’s unveiled disgust, Meyer finessed her job from answering the phone to helping out—party planning, in a way—for dead rock stars, politicians, the wealthy and elite, and more; as she points out, “We’re all going to die.” For a book about death and its attendant services, this is actually a sweet, touching, and funny read. Meyer is truly likable, a great storyteller (with coauthor Moscatello), and loves what she does. While her twentysomething friends are jetting to parties in London or tossing down thousands for bar bills, Meyer is comforting the bereaved and throwing their loved ones memorials they would have truly enjoyed. A lighthearted, moving glimpse into the almost beyond.

— Eloise Kinney

Publisher’s Weekly: May 25, 2015

PW review

New York Post “MUST READ” Aug. 30

NY post 8:30

3 Comments on “reviews

  1. I finished your book tonight and it was a very pleasurable read. I believe in your mission to make the passing a celebration of life. I saw wonder and growth in your story about grieving families and finding an easier path through the pain. I experienced it when I worked in Home Health/Hospice 20 years ago. And now that I am getting older and thinking a little more seriously about my trip to the beyond, I’ve needed books like yours to lighten the way. I enjoy humor, light and dark, to get me through all times, good and bad, and your book was the perfect start. My service will be a dinner and drinking at my daughters bar/restaurant. I want talk of crazy things and places we went and did and lots of laughter. I don’t have many friends by choice but the few I do have have odd quirky senses of humor like me. My 4 kids and 12 grandchildren that I have will be there. And that’s it. Then I want my ashes sprinkled over people that irritate me. Well, maybe just poured into Lake Superior of the north shore. I hiked all those trails and sat on the rocks with no other sound but the waves pulling the stress right through my chest and taking it away. And there are a few shipwrecks out there no one can find. Those would be fun to find…
    Suffice to say, this was a wonderful book. You were right your father would be proud of the truly decent and caring woman you have become. Its easy to see your mother is.
    I just felt the need to tell you I enjoyed it. I thoroughly enjoyed Bill. I had my own Bill as a mentor and helper. They are good to have. I wish you all the best in your career. Thank you!

  2. I just finished your book, it’s so nice to know that the ideas I have for my own services down the road are not so far fetched after all. Although I’m only in my early 60’s I have told my husband and our daughter what I want. And don’t want. I want uplifting things, my favorite music, lasagna at the afterwards and to be scattered in my favorite places. Thank you for reinforcing my thoughts!

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