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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author and includes material recorded in front of a live audience. 

An honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud audiobook guide to coping with death and dying from the Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times best-selling coauthor of Sh*tty Mom, Laurie Kilmartin. 

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father's time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind. Whether you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, there's something for you. With chapters like "Are You an Old Man with Daughters? Please Shred Your Porn", "If Cancer Was an STD, It Would Be Cured by Now", and "Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails", Laurie Kilmartin guides listeners through some of life's most complicated moments with equal parts heart and sarcasm.

©2018 Laurie Kilmartin (P)2018 Macmillan Audio; published by arrangement with Rodale Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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you'll laugh and cry a lot

my dad died to pancreatic cancer six months ago. i thought i had come to terms with it, but listening to laurie, i realized i was still depressed, just suppressing it. many memories flooded back and i cried a lot--something i didn't do much after the funeral. thanks for the release and tips. my own tip-- learn and practice the Rosary

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Wonderful, hysterical and brings back memories

I am a 65 year old orphan who ‘lost’ mom when I was 35 and dad when I was 43. Everyone has stories, but if you can keep your sense of humor while all the blocks are falling down around you, you have a much better survival/recovery rate. Seems twisted at times, but if you keep searching for the souvenir shop at the mortuary, you’ll find it! Maybe you had to be there...

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Just what I needed

I buried my father just on February 9th after he lost his battle with cancer. On February 12th I found myself at work trying to function and hold it together, but it just wasn't happening.
Desperate for a distraction during my commute I realized I had a new audible credit, and took a look for a new purchase. As fate would have it this book popped up as a brand new release that day with no reviews, but I took it as a sign and bought it.

If you enjoy swearing, and crude humor as I do, and lost a parent recently, especially if it was to cancer then this is for you. It was unbelieveably cathartic to listen to someone else's oddly similar experience with a dash of witty humor.

Even in death you sometimes have to find the crude and humorous side, which she did just that.

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Favorite Listen!!

Amazing, funny and beautiful storytelling about a difficult situation we all will face sooner or later - the loss of a loved one. Through humor and wit, Laurie artfully exposes the tender and not so tender moments during her father’s passing and draws you in to each chapter. Everyone with a loved one can benefit from reading this tremendous book.

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  • Anna
  • Fair Oaks, CA, United States
  • 02-18-18

Relatable, hilarious and a great listen

Would you listen to Dead People Suck again? Why?

Yes. This book was super funny. It's like 15 hours of great stand-up for only one audible credit. Anyone would enjoy this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead People Suck?

I quite liked her description of hospice as "here, you do it." It's very true.

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Great book!

Great book, funny and sad and poignant and funny. Perfect for those with newly departed relatives, or relatives you wish were departed.

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  • Linda
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  • 03-16-18

Spot on if you list a difficult parent!!

I lost my mum not to long ago. This book let me laugh and feel ok with some of my less charitable-thoughts.
Good stuff!!!

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Funny and Medicinal

I am not a good review writer, so here's some thoughts:

I expected this to be funny, but it was also therapeutic.

Even if you aren't recently bereaved, you will enjoy this book if you appreciate dark humor and/or expect to eventually be bereaved.

There is good, sound advice here, but delivered with comedy instead of the anti-septic tone of a "real" self-help book.

I won't spoil them, but there are some excellent phrases created in this book and they deserve to enter the public lexicon when we are speaking about death.

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Funny and sad and brilliant and funny again

I love the back and forth between live performance and narration. You will laugh out loud and if you are going through this when you read it then you will laugh through your tears.