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Death is always at her doorstep

May 9, 2011 7:02:24 PM- latimes.com
Martha Castañeda has worked for Douglass Family Mortuaries for 25 years, and she estimates she has helped arrange more than 5,000 funerals. There are many ways to die, and she does what she can to hide its signature.

The grandfather clock in the vestibule of the Douglass Family Mortuary in Lynwood is silent. The key misplaced, the mainspring unwound, its hands lie motionless at 6:38. Martha Castañeda has long stopped listening for it.

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