WIP It Title: Death Becomes Us
Word Count: 87, 685 and it will probably be a wee bit longer.
How long have I been working on it? I started my research in January of 2009.
Elevator Pitch: Death Becomes Us is a humorous quest narrative based on a personal fear. Think Eat, Pray, Love, but Death, Dying and Grief.
After an accidental call to a funeral home in my first month of grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore death professions for my thesis. During my two years of research, I encountered an embalmer afraid of dying, a grieving
EMT, an upbeat grief
counselor, and a hopeful death row inmate.
My narrative arc follows me from avoidance and fear to eventual
immersion and acceptance. Emotionally I went from grieving at a funeral for my
cigarettes to crying over a dead man’s body just minutes after his
execution. Although I am not an expert
on death, nor was I dying while writing this memoir, I realized the importance
of surrendering to the idea of death to fully live the life we are given. The result of this quirky trip is Death Becomes Us, a humorous and at times heartbreaking memoir about what happens when a socially anxious, middle-aged, woman attempts to investigate the last taboo of American culture.
I would love a Beta Reader, especially if memoir is your thing.