Mike O'Laughlin has seen a lot of things the average person won't see in a lifetime. Running the small-town family business, the O'Laughlin Funeral Home in Coleman, Mich., he has prepared the bodies of friends, neighbors, suicide victims –– even his own father –– before burial.
He is the most well-known man in the community, though the circumstances surrounding a meeting with O'Laughlin likely won't come during the best of times. Between death, viewings and funerals, many people pass through hallways of the funeral home -- the house in which he grew up and watched his father work in awe.
"When the doorbell rang," he said, describing childhood, "you didn't run boisterously to the door because you didn't know if it was going to be a friend or somebody who just lost someone."