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The Undertaker's Wife

A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places

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The Undertaker's Wife is one part love story (socialite Dee Oliver fell head-over-heels for a fourth-generation funeral director), one part advice column (his sudden death taught her more about dying than she ever wanted to know), and one part unexpected delight (she landed a job in an African-American funeral home, with often hysterical results).

On Dee Branch’s first date with Johnnie Oliver, a fourth-generation funeral director, she knew she was in for a unique relationship when he had to leave “for just a minute”—and he came back to the car with a corpse.

Over twenty years later, Dee was still in love with her charming southern gentleman when he passed away suddenly in 2007. Determined to carry on Johnnie’s work, Dee earned her mortuary science degree, only to find herself no longer needed in the family business. So Dee crossed the racial divide in the most segregated industry in America and joined the staff of an African-American funeral home as a single white woman.

In The Undertaker’s Wife, Oliver draws from her wealth of experience to provide candid and often hysterically funny advice on dying well and surviving the loss of those who have gone before. Her insights on the common ground of grief, survival, and the ever-present faithfulness of God (to all of us, regardless of our race, religious upbringing, or socio-economic background) will help readers prepare for one of life’s only certainties—and do it with wisdom, grace, and a healthy dose of joy.

Contributor(s) Dee Oliver , Jodie Berndt
About the Contributor(s) Dee Oliver

Dee Oliver is the socialite widow of John Oliver, who was a fourth-generation funeral director and the impeccably mannered proprietor of the largest funeral home in southeastern Virginia.  Dee holds a degree in mortuary science and writes about death (and surviving the loss of someone you love) in her blog, Going Out in Style.  She is the mother of three girls, ages 17-21.

Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is the author of several books, including Celebration of Miracles (Thomas Nelson, 1995), Praying the Scriptures for Your Children (Zondervan, 2001), and Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers (Zondervan, 2007).  She speaks to women’s groups 8-10 times per and has led a weekly prayer group for mothers since 1996.  A co-founder of the Changing Seasons Speaker Series (, she has a heart for equipping women to live lives marked by purpose, grace, and joy.  Jodie has been married to Robert for twenty-eight years, and they have four children, ages 17-23.


UPC 025986340834
ISBN-10 0310340837
ISBN-13 9780310340836
Publish Date Mar 24, 2015
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.00
Width 5.25
Length 224
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

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