Famed Undertaker, Author, Storyteller to Speak at WWU

Thomas Lynch, an award-winning author, storyteller and Michigan Thomas Lynchundertaker will speak at William Woods University later this month.


Featured in some of today’s best-known publications and TV shows, Lynch promises to engage listeners with his captivating stories about the beauty and fragility of life.


Lynch will speak at 7 p.m. March 26 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center as part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. His talk is free and open to the public.


He has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Newsweek and many other international publications. He has been featured on C-SPAN, MSNBC, The Today Show and the PBS series On Our Own Terms. He has also served as a role model for the HBO series Six Feet Under.


He is a regular presenter to professional conferences of funeral directors, hospice and medical ethics professionals, clergy, educators and business leaders.


His award-winning books include “The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade” and “Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality.” Other works include “Still Life in Milford: Poems,” “Skating with Heather Grace,” “Grimalkin” and “Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans.”


For more than three generations Lynch and his family have worked in the funeral business. He lives in Milford, Mich., where for the past 25 years he has served as a funeral director.


The President’s Concert and Lecture Series was conceived by William Woods University to encourage student and community participation in educational and cultural events. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at (573) 592-4219 or bfoster@williamwoods.edu.