Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of a Funeral Director

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Inside every human is a story worth sharing, and that includes funeral directors. What's the story behind you choosing the funeral industry as a career? What do you love about your job? What do you dislike? What is your funniest story?  What was your hardest moment? Have you ever dropped a casket or mixed up bodies? If you're a funeral director who wants to help people better understand your line of work, consider shedding insight into your career and join us in Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of a Funeral Director.  
One co-author spot available.

TO APPLY:  It's easy to join the project!  Simply read rules and information below including contract and indemnity agreement. Then follow these simple instructions:

  • Select either Contributor ($0) or Co-Author (+$450).  Select ADD TO CART.  If applying for more than one book, select KEEP SHOPPING, otherwise select CHECKOUT.
  • Complete BILLING INFORMATION, then select CONTINUE.
  • For CONTRIBUTOR, select PLACE ORDER.  Your checkout will be $0.  Note:  Shipping doesn’t apply.
  • For CO-AUTHOR, select CONTINUE.  Enter PAYMENT INFORMATION, select PLACE YOUR ORDER.  Your checkout will be $450.  Note: Shipping doesn't apply.
  • Within a few minutes, you will receive an email receipt.
  • Within 24 hours, you will receive a welcome email containing further project instructions.
You may participate two ways:
  • As a contributor. Contributing your story is free (we don't charge like some publishing companies).
  • As a co-author (+$450). Co-authors are considered a published author and earn a percentage of royalties. Each title is limited to two co-authors, first come first serve.


What is an anthology?  An anthology is a collection of responses from a variety of people about the same subject collected into one book. To date, over 200 people have submitted their story to Grief Diaries.

Who can participate?  Anyone who works as a funeral director. One does not need to be a professional writer or published author to participate.  

How does it work?  This is a guided project. In the beginning, you’ll be asked to write about yourself in 1200 words or less. You'll then receive three questions per week for six weeks. Although not required, every participant will be invited into a secret (closed) Facebook group where you'll join fellow funeral directors who are also participating. In that group you can ask questions, share concerns, and celebrate triumphs in relation to this project.

What kind of questions will I have to answer?  The focus of the questions will be on your experience as a funeral director. If a question doesn't apply, pass over it.  You can always come back to it later.

Do I have to answer every question?  No, but please answer at least ten.

Can I use a pen name?  Yes, if you wish (but register in your real name). 

Does it cost anything?  Participation is free for those who want to contributor their story. Co-authors pay $450 (per title) and, in return, receive a share of royalties. 

Why don't contributors receive compensation?  Contributors don’t receive compensation, nor do we charge them for their story like some publishers. Instead, contributors are given wholesale rights to purchase any AlyBlue Media anthology title for the purpose of re-sell.  We call this our Community Give Back Program.  You keep all the profits you earn from re-selling the title, and AlyBlue Media books get into the hands of those who need it. How does AlyBlue Media earn profits? Royalties from retail sales (Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, etc).

May I participate in more than one book?  Yes. Simply select KEEP SHOPPING and register for the next book you wish to participate in. There is no limit as long as you have personal experience with each subject.

May I participate on behalf of someone else?  No. All submissions must be first-person accounts.

I would like to participate as a co-author, but can't afford it right now. May I make payments? No, but you can apply as a contributor and upgrade your status to co-author any time prior to going to print.

Can I buy my book to resell?  Yes. Both contributors and co-authors are granted wholesale privileges for the title(s) they participate in.  Through AlyBlue Media you can buy a few books for family and friends, or a caseload for resell via your own website and/or book signings and keep the revenue. There is no minimum quantity of books you need to order. Co-authors will also receive royalties from books sold through major distributors.  Royalties are paid quarterly for life.

Where will the books be available?  It will be published both in print and digital formats, and available to all major distributors including (but not limited to) Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. Smaller privately-owned booksellers can order it in using the ISBN number. 

Who is the principal author? Lynda Cheldelin Fell, the creator of Grief Diaries. To learn more about Lynda, visit

Who is the publisher?  AlyBlue Media.  For more information, visit

By completing and submitting this application, I hereby apply to be a co-author in this Grief Diaries book.  I, and the company I hereby represent (if any), understand that upon acceptance by the publisher, AlyBlue Media, I agree to adhere to the contract and Indemnity Agreement printed below.  Furthermore, I hereby release my submissions to AlyBlue Media, and grant full anthology rights to the Grief Diaries book series.  

By completing and submitting this application, I hereby apply to be an unpaid contributor in this Grief Diaries book.  I, and the company I hereby represent (if any), understand that upon acceptance by the publisher, AlyBlue Media, I agree to adhere to the contract and Indemnity Agreement printed below. Furthermore, I hereby release my submissions to AlyBlue Media and grant full anthology rights to the Grief Diaries book series. 

By completing and submitting this application and agreement, and if my application is accepted, I agree to participate in the Grief Diaries series as outlined above.  As such, I hereby agree to release my submissions to AlyBlue Media with full anthology rights.  I also agree to at all times hereafter indemnify and hold harmless AlyBlue Media and its agents, employees, directors and officers, against any and all suits, actions, proceedings, claims, liabilities, and demands which may be made or alleged as a direct or indirect consequence of my contributions, errors or omissions, of any kind whatsoever, resulting from or caused by the exercise by my contributions of any of its rights under this agreement.  This indemnity provision shall include all liabilities and losses including, but not limited to, claims asserted or made against the author or publisher directly or indirectly resulting from the sole or concurrent negligence of the author or publisher and/or damages of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation reasonable attorney’s fees and court fees and court costs incurred by AlyBlue Media.  If a court of competent jurisdiction rules invalid and/or unenforceable any of the provisions or interpretations of this indemnity clause, each of such provisions or interpretations ruled invalid or unenforceable shall be disregarded, but the remainder of this indemnity provision shall be given full force and effect.