Review: A Psychic Mortician Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Laying the Dead to Rest

Restless In Peace: Psychic Mortician's Encounters With Those Who Refuse To Rest


Author Mariah De La Croix's new book, "Restless in Peace: A Psychic Mortician's Encounters With Those Who Refuse To Rest" is a heart-thumping read that left this avid ghost hunter psychic/medium shaking with morbid fascination. From obituaries writing themselves on computers within the funeral homes, to urns being rearranged and found in refrigerators, empty caskets, on embalming tables (under a sheet) and in bushes outside, the spirits are active and often funny. On a more serious note, the author compassionately shares of the pain experienced when preparing deceased children for funeral, and in giving families closure and peace. Mariah also writes about the after-death echoes of children who have been abused, how she works with the medical examiner's office, and the emotional toll that all of this takes on those in her profession. One is left with a sense of awe at how these professionals can handle the daily strains of the duties of embalming and grief and maintain a sense of composure.


In chapter one, The Opening of the Casket, she grabs the reader's full attention by explaining how the spirits in the funeral homes that she worked in made her laugh, comforted her, kept her from harm and ultimately let her know when it was time to give up the profession she chose in order to maintain her own health.


In chapter four, The Knowing Guardian, Ms. De La Croix talks about being detained one evening by a spirit within the funeral home who keeps opening up a side parlor door, thereby setting off an alarm light that needed to be turned off before she could leave for the evening. Most of us dread seeing a dead body lying in a casket in the light of day, and the thought that there is a spirit in the parlor lurking and opening doors waiting in the dark is almost too much to imagine. Mariah dutifully makes her way through the labyrinth of corridors, in the darkened funeral home, to shut the door more than once in an attempt to secure the building for the evening. Her description of how she goes about this task is both heart pounding and suspenseful. Not to spoil it too much, but suffice it to say it is only because of the mischievous ghost in the parlor that Mariah escapes what might have been her own tragic death. Here, then we learn that spirits can have foreknowledge of events and keep us out of harm's way.


Ms. De La Croix addresses the many ways that people like to spend their final ride to the cemetery or place of rest. She recounts the story of an avid shopper who just wanted to drive past her favorite shopping center on her way to the cemetery, and requested it in her final wishes. One woman's casket would not close completely until she had been able to lie at the cemetery, amongst nature, for one last time undisturbed for a few heavenly minutes with her casket open to the sun. Then, and only then, would her casket close and lock securely with ease. From heavenly visitors who sit with people that have no one else at their wakes, to funeral directors that continue to help around the funeral homes even after their demise, you won't be sorry to have read, Restless in Peace: A Psychic Mortician's Encounters With Those Who Refuse To Rest, by Mariah De La Croix (published by Llewellyn Worldwide).



About the Reviewer

Psychic/Medium Karen Hollis has used her abilities for more than 30 years, helping her clients acquire wisdom from Spirit about their soul lessons and how karmic patterns manifest in their life choices.

Her private readings are highly regarded for their accuracy, integrity, and compassion. Karen teaches seminars and has worked with law enforcement finding missing persons both in the United States and Canada. 

Karen has been featured on Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” and the television show “Paranormal Survivor”. As the lead psychic/medium investigator with Ghosts of New England Research Society (G.O.N.E.R.S.), Karen is “the bridge between evidence and explanation.

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