peter stefan’s grace in death


Sometimes you read an article about someone from your hometown area and it reminds you of your values, your upbringing, your love of the underdog.  Peter Stefan is an undertaker in Worcester, Massachusetts, who for over 41 years has buried the discarded and the outcast.

“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.”   William Gladstone

After mis-routed music career leanings, Stefan determined that he would never turn away people who couldn’t pay, and he would focus on serving the city’s underserved, including poor people and immigrants and AIDS victims other funeral directors wouldn’t touch.  This riveting article is made more so by photography which captures the New England Puritanical color palette.


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