Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch is a poet, essayist and undertaker. His latest collection of poetry is The Sin Eater: A Breviary (2011). He lives in Milford, Michigan.

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Wynton Marsalis leads a group of jazz musicians in a march for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in New York, 7 September 2002. Photo by Doug Kantor/AFP/Getty

Mortal remains

The dead are no longer welcome at their own funerals. So how can the living send them on their way?

Thomas Lynch