Barbara Fowley, Mary Cunniffe and Susan Maguire of Massey Bros in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“We look like the Addams Family,” laughs Susan Maguire, casting her hand towards a family portrait hanging above the desk in her office. The building(...)

 Embalmer Glyn Tallon at Tallon Mortuary and Embalming Theatre,Navan, Co Meath: ‘I think the way we mourn our loved ones in this country is exceptional.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Embalming is something I’ve been interested in since I was about 10. I wondered what happened when people passed away and I also wondered why they lo(...)