Sheri Booker went to work at age 15 for the Wylie Funeral Home in Baltimore and left the business at age 24, nine years later. She shares her experiences and insights in her memoir NINE YEARS UNDER: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home (Gotham Books).
Sheri Booker will provide a fascinating look into the funeral home business on A Good Goodbye Radio Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. Download the podcast!
Topics to be discussed during the show include:
- What traditionally happens in African-American funerals
- Why African-American funeral directors started their own association
- How mortuaries prepare bodies for viewing and funerals
- Unusual incidents at the funeral home and her terror of the embalming room
- What a family needs to know before there’s a death
- How she came to work in a funeral home at such a young age and how she came to leave the business
Sheri Booker is a writer, poet, spoken-word artist and teacher. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and currently lives in Baltimore, MD.
This and all other podcasts from A Good Goodbye Radio can be downloaded for free from iTunes and AGoodGoodbye.com.
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