My theme for this year's A- Z Blogfest is DEATH (who I hope is like DEATH in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series): "...tall, thin (skeletal, as a matter of fact), and ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Generally shows up when you're dead, or just when he thinks you ought to be." Today we have U for Undertaker.
An Undertaker is a person whose business is preparing dead bodies for burial or cremation and making arrangements for funeral. This would be a difficult job, I think, regardless whether one's business is preparing bodies, or making funeral arrangements. I am reminded of the undertaker in The Godfather, who comes to him for a favor, in return for a favor at a later date. The undertaker is very nervous when The Godfather comes collect, but it turns out all he wants is for the undertaker to make his son (Sonny) look presentable for the funeral. I am also reminded of the show Six Feet Under, which often began with a death and the subsequent preparation of the body, which sometimes had things to say.
I would just as soon not have anyone messing about with my body. Just shove it into the crematorium and be done with it I say.
Excerpt from Mort by Terry Pratchett:
"You really are Death?" said Kreeble.
"Why didn't you say?"
PEOPLE USUALLY PREFER ME NOT TO.