Title: Spoiler Alert: You’re Gonna Die
Author: Korttany Finn and Jacquie Purcell
Published Date: November 30th, 2015
Genre: Humor, Nonfiction (Adult)
Rating: 3 Stars
I received this ebook from Netgalley and the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Warning: This book goes into some detail regarding dead bodies such as decomposition, autopsies, and cremation. Read if you don’t have a queasy stomach.
Synopsis (From Netgalley)
One thing you can count on in life is the fact that you are going to die. How’s that for a buzzkill? Most people diligently ignore the reality of their future demise. Thinking about death somehow seems wrong. Luckily, a real life coroner challenged a few thousand internet strangers to do the thinking for you. The result is a collection of morbid and slightly embarrassing questions all about The End. Honest, and often hilarious, answers from a woman who has made a career out of death will leave you with a new perspective on life.
When I had requested this book from Netgalley I had thought it would be a humorous outlook on death, almost like in the adage of “So you Created a Wormhole: A Time Travelers Guide to Time travel by Phil Hornshaw (which was epic!). Thurns out, although there were some funny parts, this book is a more or less guide on what we should be thinking, and talking, about long before our time comes; and come it will.
Death, and taxes, as they say are 100% reliable; it will come sooner or later (eek!). There is no defying it. Now whether that death will be a sweet and painless shift in your sleep, or a tragic accident no one could have predicted, there is just no way of knowing. Your time can come in any way that fate seems to hand you.
With this thought in mind, Finn and Purcell attempt to create a dialogue with people to not just accept that death is inevitable, but that we need to make it less taboo of a discussion. Who wants to leave their loved ones scrambling with decisions to make in the aftermath of your demise; when these decisions could be made by you before you even go. I sure don’t.
Jacquie Purcell, who is a coroner by day, and a snazzy super mom by day and night, sees everything to do with death. She brings many points as to why it is never too soon to start thinking about the aftermath of your death. You will not be here to handle it, your loved ones will. I had no idea there were so many decision to make after dying. Jacquie, who has left no question unanswered (so admirable! The internet can be weird), describes not just accidental deaths, but murders, and suicides, from tragic to gory, from the initial examination to the autopsy, no stone is left unturned. I learned more about the process after death, then I particularly wanted to. However it does shed light on important things. For example, if you ended up getting an autopsy all of your organs and viscera are removed and then put in a plastic bag and sewn back into the body. Now if you were someone like me, who HATES plastic I would want to not have that plastic bag inside my body (yes I know I am dead, but that stuff leaks back into the soil!), which is something you can apparently request not to have. Of course you can’t exactly request no autopsy. The coroner has final say, no matter what!
I think this is a good starting point for learning what you can and can’t do, and it really isn’t too soon to start making these decisions. Unless of course you just don’t care what happens to you.