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The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with "dignity".

Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. Grandpa's mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes.

With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning - including a glowing Buddha columbarium in Japan and America's only open-air pyre - and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals.

Author bio: Mortician Caitlin Doughty - host and creator of Ask a Mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and cofounded Death Salon. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA.

©2017 Caitlin Doughty (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Caitlin has done it again

This book is a fascinating look at the ways death is handled in various cultures and communities. And it is a look at how our Western approach has fallen short, and needs to change.

Caitlin has a wry voice and an amazing perspective.

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Eye opening and inspiring!

A wonderful insider look to death, ritual, and coming to an understanding of our eventual end. I loved the different looks on going through grief by ritual and community and has helped me not only fear death less but also plan my own passing and made that ok.

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The Perfect Death-tober Read

Caitlin nailed. Killed it? However you want to say it, she wrote and read an amazing book. Humor, beauty, catharsis, it's all in here.

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Amazing Round the World Deathling View Point

That was so intimate and enthralling. Wow, just wow!! You did it again Caitlin. Brilliant

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A book everyone should read.

I think this is an important book for people to read.
I also think that this book, her first book, and her YouTube channel are awesome, because it’s so cool to see someone so unapologetically geek out over something they’re passionate about — especially, in this case, because this is something most people shy away from.

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loved it!

I cannot say enough good things about this book. it deals with a difficult subject with humor and grace.

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Anthropological look into death

Caitlins second book is a great anthropological study of death rituals and customs from around the world; truly enlightening and oddly peaceful to listen to

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Nothing compared to her other book

If you’ve already read “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, I don’t think I would bother with this book. I found that there was a lot of overlap and I knew a lot of the information presented in this book already. There are some interesting stories here and there, but overall it was a bit too repetitive and simple for me. It’s hard to give this review because I truly loved her other book.

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Superb

Absolutely loved this book. Well written and interesting subject along with fantastic narration by the author herself

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Another winner from Doughty

Once again, Caitlin has written a beautiful and educational book about death. I stumbled upon her work in the self help section of Barnes and Noble, when my therapist recommended I learned how to grieve. I wasn’t necessarily looking for this kind of book however, being the weird person I am, chose her first book. After reading her two books, watching her videos on YouTube “#Askamortician, and anything else I can find on her. I’m finally gaining the strength to grieve. Absolutely love her, her work, dedication and contribution to green burials and of course, her writings.

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  • 12-12-17

Never knew death was so fascinating

Caitlin Doughty breaks the stigma of death and invites it over for tea! A fascinating read by a very interesting author.