The University Record, September 24, 2001

Funeral director and author Lynch pays a call Sept. 30

By Lesley Harding

“Caring for the dead seems a good way to serve the living,” says author Thomas Lynch. A Milford, Mich., funeral director by trade, Lynch doesn’t play golf for relaxation—he writes poetry and essays about his life experiences.

Lynch will share highlights from his most recent work, Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality, 2–4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Michigan League Grand Ballroom. He describes this book as “literary and mortuary arts,” as it deals with life, death, love, grief, divorce and alcoholism. Bodies in Motion and at Rest is a Great Lakes Book Award recipient.

The New York Times Book Review calls the book, “[A] thought-provoking, engaging hybrid of memoir, meditation, and comic monologue . . . Lynch approaches his subjects with a beautifully executed balance of irreverence with reverence, gallows humor with emotional delicacy, and no-nonsense immanence with lyrical transcendence.”

Lynch also has written Skating with Grace, Grimalkin and Other Poems, Still Life in Milford, and The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, which won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Lynch says his profession has taught him humor and profound sadness. He hopes that his life and writings will teach others how to use the full range of emotions that are available to them.

Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit U-M’s Turner Geriatric Clinic social work and community programs.

For more information, call (734) 764-2556.