• From Here to Eternity

  • Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-25-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion
  • 5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity, she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears.

In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. She meets Bolivian ñatitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to the Japanese ritual of kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes.

With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.

Read by Caitlin Doughty.

©2018 Caitlin Doughty (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Great!

Fascinating and educational. Told with dignity and a delightful sense of humor by the author Caitlin Doughty.
Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-18

Love her and her videos on YouTube and her books

Love caitlin and her videos on YouTube and her books worth the reading can't wait for more from her

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-18

wonderful

Well written with respect for the traditions but also slightly comical at times. Very interesting.

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  • boudmaria
  • 10-16-18

Great book!

I would highly reccomend this to anyone. Especially those that wondered about different death practices.

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  • 06-12-18

Caitlin is so refreshing!

Again loved her book. Next book Caitlin needs to be on how to prepare for our own death and to oversee the death and funeral of loved ones

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  • Laura
  • 05-03-18

Love love love it!

This is by far the best book I've read in a long time! It was so interesting and really got me thinking about death in a completely different way.

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  • Jack
  • 04-13-18

a book you will never forget!

Caitlin is completely right, in the West we hide or ignore death when we should be death positive and want to be involved with the remains of our loved ones. This book has really challenged my thinking and attitudes towards death an incredible book!

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  • Lauren Moss
  • 02-27-18

Caitlin Doughty brilliant as always

I can't imagine Caitlin's words being read by any narrator but her. She's so passionate about the cause of death positivity and acceptance, seeing unusual death cultures around the world from her perspective was a great listen and I really recommend this book.

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  • jill tunstill
  • 02-12-18

fascinating

absolutely loved this book. fascinating, intelligent and in parts humorous. It harks back to a time that women took the last watch as well as the first and questions why we have let big business take over one of the most personal experiences of our lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-18

really interesting

really interesting book, I managed to finish it over the weekend. it made me think about my own mortality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-18

Loved it!

Was so sad when this ended! So interesting, definitely opens your eyes, i learnt so much

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  • Kariyn Kendall
  • 03-02-18

Love <3

Thank you Caitlin Doughty for yet another death book us near mortals can follow. I love listening to your voice and any book narrated by the author.