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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Paperback)
Caitlin Doughty, a mortician by trade and founder of The Order of the Good Death, takes her readers on a global journey to discover how people care for their dead in different parts of the world. From open air pyres in Colorado to Indonesia where mummies continue to live with their families after passing, Doughty lets us in on the rituals and customs that give people comfort and make space for them to be held during times of grief. None of these practices are fetishized or shamed, and in fact, she spends a fair portion of the book indicting deathcare in the western world. Her humorous writing style and a subject that isn’t often discussed make this an enjoyable and enlightening read!— Kinsey
Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarked on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world's funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity.
Her account suggests that the rituals of the American funeral industry--especially chemical embalming--might be the most particular (and peculiar) of all, and that the most effective rituals are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased. Exquisitely illustrated by Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a fascinating tour through the unique ways people everywhere confront mortality.