In My Experience: Working With the Dead

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As part of our "In My Experience" series, we talk with people who work with the dead for a living. A crematorium director, a woman who specializes in at-home funerals and a student who dissects cadavers all join us to share their stories. How has working with the dead changed their own views on life?

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Jerrigrace Lyons, executive director of Final Passages, a nonprofit that focuses on at-home funerals and green burials; she has assisted with at-home burials for 17 years

David Arnold, crematory grounds manager at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, where he has worked since 1994

Lucas Freshman, graduate student teaching a human anatomy class with cadavers at San Francisco State University