A Thousand Goodbyes (The Surprising Life Of A Funeral Celebrant) by Ruth Graham


If you liked Adam Kay’s book, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, you’ll love the joyously life-affirming memoir, ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’. 

When Ruth Graham left the world of stand-up comedy to become a funeral celebrant, she’d imagined a less combative career.  
Over a thousand services later … she knows better.
Probably her most demanding role to date, Ruth has needed every ounce of diplomacy, courage, humour and her wits about her to juggle the daily challenges. From grief-stricken families to amorous widowers through to plate-smashing, warring siblings and even a flock of stoned doves at a Rasta funeral. 

As the story unfolds we witness her new career developing into a
24/7 commitment. Will it break her?
Or will it be the spur she needs to get her own life in order?
Jaw-dropping, informative, moving and hilarious in turn, ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’ is a reminder that nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow; whilst encouraging everyone to seize their day. 


We will all experience death at some point but some people deal with it regularly as is the case for Ruth the funeral celebrant. This book is her story
I never really thought about celebrants before reading this book, I haven’t been to many of the big occasions in life so don’t have the experience, and it has been an eye opening read
This book could so easily be morbid and depressing but it is anything but. Ruth tells us about some of the people she has met and the impact that she can have on some of the saddest days of their lives, and some of the stories and anecdotes that she has heard. I will admit that her writing caught my interest right from the very first page with the very first story that she tells and had me unable to put it down
This book made me chuckle at times and at others made me want to cry and it’s Ruth’s skills as a writer that made this book such an addictive read and one that I would recommend to those who enjoy a book that looks at a different side of life, one that we may not normally see, with sensitivity and humour that will keep you reading 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thousand-Goodbyes-Surprising-Funeral-Celebrant-ebook/dp/B091B8F68F

US – https://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Goodbyes-Surprising-Funeral-Celebrant-ebook/dp/B091B8F68F

Author Bio 


Ruth Graham has written for many publications over the years on a variety of subjects.

Initially working for Emap Elan on Period Living and Traditional Homes magazine, she then moved on to freelance for titles as varied as The Evening Standard and The Daily Mail.

A move back to the Midlands in 2000 brought her first big break with her own weekly gossip/opinion column in The Sunday Mercury (Trinity Mirror), where she was billed as ‘Ruth Graham: More Balls Than Your Average Bloke’!

She then went on to launch her own magazine ‘Midlands Homes & Interiors’.

Two years later (2007), came her first series of short comedy books, ‘The Bible Series’ (Know The Score Publishing). One of these ‘The Break Up Bible’ was cunningly launched on Valentine’s day, gaining great publicity, and a spot on GMTV and Channel 5 news!

Since then Ruth has written and performed her own one-woman show (Just Sayin’); become a celebrant; and subsequently collaborated with writer/performer Cat Weatherill on the British Arts Council funded show ‘Unforgettable’ – celebrating the lives of those we’ve loved and lost.

And then came the book ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’ – all about Ruth’s work as a celebrant, the people she meets and the bizarre, touching and hilarious circumstances that constitute the average day, and life, of a celebrant.

Social Media Links 

Twitter         @CelebrantRuthG

Celebrant Website: www.westmidscelebrant.co.uk

A Thousand Goodbyes

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