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Enter the world of Thomas Lynch, a poet and an undertaker, whose family for three generations has cared for both the living and the dead in a small Michigan town. In this scene from “The Undertaking,” coming October 30, 2007 to PBS, Lynch reads a passage from his essay “Tract,” an imagining of the direction of his own funeral.

“Tract” is an essay from Lynch’s book “The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.” To watch more video previews from “The Undertaking,” read how Lynch came to write the essay “Tract,” and background information on the making of the documentary, visit .

Watch “The Undertaking” on air and online beginning Tuesday, October 30, 2007 on PBS and at