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HERE WHERE DEATH DELIGHTSCongratulations on your silver book award!


Mary Jumbelic has been obsessed with death since the demise of her father when she was 13. The why and how of his mortality plagued her. While viewing an autopsy at the age of 15, she discovered a science that explained the process.

For 25 years, she analyzed corpses and explained to families what had happened to their loved ones, something that hadn’t been done for her. This daily confrontation challenged her to re-live her own loss. Dr. Jumbelic developed a way to honor people’s lives by speaking for them in courts, classrooms, and interviews. How did she finally integrate death into her own life so filled with hope?

This is her journey.

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Author Bio

Mary Jumbelic, M.D., is a board-certified forensic pathologist who performed thousands of autopsies during her 25-year career. She has received awards for her work from the National Transportation Safety Board and the New York State Senate. The National Organization of Women recognized her as a trailblazer in Forensic Medicine. In retirement, she has published many nonfiction stories, accounts of her life both in and out of the morgue. This is her first book. She lives with her husband in Central New York. She speaks for the dead. They speak for her.

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