Shift: The Final Chapter

The final chapter in the Current's season-long project, Shift ... the eventual end of the road for our society's dominant demographic, the baby boomers. Embalmer, funeral director and author Robert Webster will give us an inside look at the world of undertakers in a feature interview.



Part Two of The Current

Shift: The Final Chapter

What goes around comes around. Which means the baby boom will produce a death boom at some point in the not-too-distant future. It hasn't happened yet to that charmed demographic. In fact, the number of deaths in this country actually declined last year. That's because Canadians are living longer and because almost 70 years ago, there was a drop in the number of babies born in Canada. But rest assured, even boomers will meet their end someday as will the members of every other demographic.

And so, for the last word on our project Shift on demographic change, we were joined by someone whose vocation is focused on that biggest shift of all ... someone who's observed first hand how changing life spans, lifestyles, attitudes and economic circumstances have affected our relationship with death.

Robert Webster is a licensed embalmer and funeral director, and he's the author of a new book called Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked? Field Notes from a Funeral Director. Robert Webster was in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our series Shift will repeat as it's own summer program on CBC Radio One. SHIFT: Stories Behind the Stats starts June 27th and will air throughout the summer on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on CBC Radio One. And on Sirius 159 on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.


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