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Funeral director’s dark sense of humour has social media users in stitches

You’d think there was nothing funny about dealing with death everyday but funeral director Caleb Wilde makes his followers laugh

When you think of a job as a funeral director, you automatically assume that it can be pretty depressing and damn right serious. But it doesn’t always have to be that way, as Caleb Wilde, a funeral director and author of ‘Confessions of a Funeral Director’ has proven through Twitter.

His jovial blog and Twitter feed reminds us that although death is of course, very morbid, it can be pretty liberating and sometimes even humorous. The cheeky chappy funeral director has over 18,000 followers, and it’s no wonder, because his tweets are the definition of dark humour at its finest.

The sixth-generation mortician works for the family business, and speaks very intimately (and bluntly) about his experiences on a day-to-day basis, which are pretty eye opening.

His main goal is to ‘demystify death and shine some light on the funeral industry with a mix of humour and helpful hints.’

His family have been in the death business since 1888 and he started his blog around nine years ago. At one point, he actually had the chance at a reality TV show about death rituals, but sadly, it never happened.

Jokes about different seasonal embalming fluid favours? Only from Caleb Wilde. He’s a seriously popular guy on Twitter, with many users loving his risqué sense of humour. One user replied:

“You’re a horrible person, I approve immensely.”

With another saying: “Grieving or not, @CalebWilde has your back.”

His book ‘Confessions of a Funeral Director’ was published in 2017, reflecting on mortality and how his general mental state changed as he settled into his role as a funeral director.

He also explained that at one point he wanted to get as far away from the family business as possible, until he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was really making a difference.

He tells his stories through humour and poignancy, which is pretty impressive for someone who, as a child, used to “play hide and go seek around the caskets”.