Young funeral director Simona Salco flourishes in her job at Jones Funeral Home, showing unending empathy and compassion. But the job takes a toll when the living show their ugly side and the dead visit her daydreams and talk about the earthly relationships they left behind.
Simona Salco: Twenty-something searching for her place in the world embraces the funeral trade. Wears her emotions on her sleeve. Vulnerable and curious with an air of maturity. Occasionally edgy.
Joe Mead: Paunchy, middle-aged, scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking career embalmer who has seen the raw realities of life and death. Perennially cranky.
Jill Jones: Mortuary owner, mid-forties, focused on the bottom line, not the people.
Malinda Sher: Fragile, emotional, grieving daughter of Genevieve Sher. Mid-forties.
Genevieve Sher: Appears in Simona's dream as a feisty old woman who is disappointed in the after life.
George Scott: Appears in Simona's dream as an elderly father figure who faces the painful truth that he messed up his relationship with his son.
Rosemary Pipkin: Appears in Simona's dream as a vindictive wife and a frightening figure who is thrilled to be dead and has the common sense to know that life is just too damn hard. Age thirty.
Jeff Scott: George Scott's son. An aging rocker estranged from the family.
Griswold: Kindly old embalmer and Joe Mead's first boss. Knows from experience that "you can't make a mistake" when caring for the dead -- or the living.