‘Then you just feel this chemical rush inside you…like somebody has pulled a flusher, and you’re just still standing there but your whole world has changed.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Author and former undertaker Jeremy Massey spoke with Ryan Tubridy this morning about his view of death from a personal, and professional perspective.

Born in to the undertaking business, he was involved in organising funerals from his teenage years and spoke about the intimate nature of such a difficult job.

“I don’t even know how many funerals I’ve arranged or been around, but when you’re around other peoples grief you’re there as a facilitator and you’re right up against it… you can see the pain but you can’t feel it.”

Jeremy also spoke of the tragic loss of his young brother Zeb, from a heart attack at the age of just 30.

“When death comes home, it takes you down at the knees.”

Jeremy left the family business to become a writer. He spoke to Ryan about his book “The Last 4 Days of Paddy Buckley” which is loosely based on his time growing up among corpses, coffins and cremations.

Listen back to the fascinating interview here.

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