by Grace Fisher|
Tom Fisher is a familiar name to many long-term readers of Mortuary Management Magazine. For sixteen years he was a regular contributor to our national audience, which inspired many of his experiences and responses to invitations for visits -- and friendships. He owned and operated five funeral homes based in Minot, North Dakota. Tom was fascinated with all aspects of funeral service, and often visited firms of all sizes throughout the United States. His vision and perception of trends and the future of death care was amazing. Tom died suddenly ďat his deskĒ so-to-speak on August 9, 1996.
Grace Fisher, Tomís wife, worked beside him for many years in their funeral homes. As a professional journalist for the Minot Daily News, she very well captured the essence of Tomís life and work in this book. His life as a unique person, as well as a fully dedicated funeral advocate is fascinating. Grace was able to follow his adventures and pursuits with a delightful spin on life and death.
Any person, student, practicing or curious with death care and funeral service will be well entertained by his story. Tom reaches into all aspects of the business of funeral service, and the sensitivity necessary to meet the needs and comforts of the bereaved while being entrusted with all the details of those involved in this process. His amazing foresight of traditions and challenges has proven to be accurate over time. It is an easy enjoyable read, and certainly brings the reader into all that relates to an intriguing and unique career.
- Binding: Softcover
- Size: 7" x 9"
- Pages: 167 plus 12 pages of black and white illustrations
Table of Contents:
- Introduction: Well, Why Not Minot?
- An Unfinished Book
- Reaching for Father
- Decision Time
- Enter, Stage Right?
- Mortuary Management, The Magazine
- Funerary Fun and Reflection
- The Speeches
- The Symposiums
- The Mitford Factor
- The Drinking Years and Some Minot Social History
- Places I Lived in and Loved; Others I Hardly Knew at All