This study seeks to explore the work and lives of crematorium workers in an atmosphere of insecurity, low pay, precariousness and diminishing avenues of resistance such as the presence of a strong trade union movement. The retreat of the state in a culture of privatization and deregulation leads to deteriorating employment conditions and diminished avenues for formally accessing justice. These workers were working in a crematorium where many services were being contracted out. All the crematorium workers yearn to be engaged in service of society and demonstrate tremendous dedication. They refuse to surrender the idea of their selves to the diktats of the employer.