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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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Gimme moooore!!!!

I really liked this book. I jusu wish it was longer. I want more of this!
And Caitlin is an excellent narrator. I can listen to her for days!

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Traveling to gain a good death perspective

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I want to seek to more death rituals around the world and love how you also pointed out how not to act. I'm often embarrassed by the lack of tact western travellers make when being guests in sacred ritual. Incredible book that I would absolutely recommend to friends but especially family.

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amazing and thought provoking

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this work. the author has a lovely voice and her reading style is nice to listen to, varied voice and pace.

the content was thought provoking and vivid. I could see myself alongside her and imagine the scenes easily. I found myself questioning my outlook on death and it rituals around it. I found much comfort through this book



whether you are comfortable with death or fear it I would highly recommend this audio book!

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Made me cry

Found great comfort after my fathers passing, made me more at ease with life in general.

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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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  • 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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  • I. Oh
  • 11-05-18

Loved it

I’ve just recently started listening to audiobooks and find them very hit and miss due to the narrator, but this was perfect. Caitlin is fantastic, I could listen to her all day and when I saw she was narrator I was convinced.

I read her first book in paper form, which I also loved. I have this book in hardback too but haven’t had time to read it due to work, so listening to it was the fastest way I could consume it. I thoroughly enjoyed it!! So much so that I may revisit her first book in audio form too.

The concept is incredibly interesting even for a seasoned reader in death and human practices around it I found the mid section surprisingly eye opening with some refreshing thoughts I hadn’t considered before.

Happily remaining a longstanding fan of Caitlin’s work!!

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  • Mamalina
  • 02-14-21

Highly recommended

I admire Caitlin (this is her second book thar I have read) and what she is trying to achieve in order to bring our death phobic society closer to the natural process or death and grief.
I am a bereavement support volunteer and find Caitlin's books very useful.

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  • Harpal
  • 02-11-21

fabulous

absolutely awesome inspiring. we need to change the way we look at death in the West. Caitlyn is a fantastic pioneer for this movement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

Beautiful and life (death?) changing

Already a big fan, the author has really helped me see death in a more peaceful and 0er9sbak way.

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  • Tia Maria
  • 04-03-21

Fascinating, educational & respectful

I have been a fan of Caitlin's AskAMortician channel for a few years and finally got round to reading one of her books. Wow do I wish I had done this sooner! An incredible author depicting a range of interesting, morbid stories in a way that is educational and respectful, but still with that humour and personality that shines in her YouTube videos. This book is fascinating and strangely comforting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-21

Thought provoking

Found this book challenged my previously held personal & cultural beliefs around dead. Highly recommend

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  • lisa-marie ryder
  • 02-07-21

Wow

Love this book. I have listened to it twice just make sure I got every word. Thank you Caitlin for another awesome listening experience.

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  • Liam_H
  • 02-07-21

Essential

Reading this in early 2021 mid covid pandemic and having just lost an aunt to pancreatic cancer mid week, it seems the for the west to have a more mature relationship with death.

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  • Jules
  • 09-12-20

Caitlin at her best

If you enjoy Caitlin's YouTube videos you'll love this. If you've never watched them, what are you doing with your (after?) life? Amazing stories of death ritual around the world told in Caitlin's inimitable style. She has been one of the greatest comforts in the wake *punintended of my parents' deaths and enabled me to have the 'death conversation' with my own family. This book is fascinating from start to finish.

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  • Nikita
  • 01-06-21

Exploring cultural diversity

The author embraces cultural diversity and throws herself into not just knowing but truly understanding historical and current death and burial practices and traditions across the globe. This is a fascinating insight opportunity for the reader. That said, some rituals and explanations did seem to go on a little longer than necessary without adding to the narrative. I did enjoy the audiobook being read by the author, thus ensuring emphasis and inflection as the author intended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-20

So beautiful and refreshing

I loved this book. I have such a debilitating fear of death, with consuming thoughts of my own and my loved ones mortality. We buried my dog in the backyard a few months ago and I can't help but wonder what stage of decomposition he is in, and it terrifies and depresses me. This book really opened my eyes, and mind, on the whole concept of death and dead bodies. It helped me, for which I am so grateful. It's one of those ones that will stick with me for sure!

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  • Larissa
  • 08-23-20

Can't say enough good things.

One of the best books I've read in any genre. Doughty is respectful and introspective, while at the same time narrates with her trademark wit and heart. Did not disappoint on any level.

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  • Victoria
  • 05-29-20

Caitlin is the way of the future she points toward

this story was so informative and incredible hearing all the different cultures and what they do with death it's actually quite saddening for the western world I saw both my nan and grandad and bond in a casket while I was a coffin and now when I look back on it I'm side is a beautiful thing I would have liked to have been there I would have liked to have held her I would have liked to have washed my nan and grandad I think it would have really healed my soul because ever since my nan died and I stared at her and a horrible coma struggling and are sterile hospital when they treated her dreadfully because they did I would have rather of had her and a warm bed at home with my grandad beside her I would have at least loved to have done something Caitlin showing me there Caitlin Sean my mum that my mum nearly died last year at the age of 56 and I became the matriarch and went to work sorting out the surgeries giving the doctors orders and allowing them to do it they needed to do to keep her alive next time in the future when the time comes for her to pass she wants her body wash naturally she wants the family there she wants a cardboard coffin and to be cremated and I can tell you I'm from New Zealand and I will not define who wishes my mum deserves the best and so does my father my father struggles because he's Catholic and he believes and having the funeral service in the embalming my mum however has been through a lot more both her parents are gone and Caitlin helped her see the light Caitlin helped me overcome my fear of death and I would have panic attacks at the idea of death I had so many dreams where I would be floating and I'll be taken two different cemeteries and different funeral homes and I could smell the embalming fluid there were older people there were young children that had passed away and I saw that in some weird way as a message and when I found Caitlin those dreams disappeared those awful smelling dreams and I cannot think her enough not only am I an order of the good death death positive movement ambassador in a sense out here because I push for it I spread that word to every friend I have every person I know to go and reach out and watch her and go online and have a look and listen I know more now education is so important I have two children one sadly is severely mentally disabled and I fear he may never understand about death but at least I can try I'm about tolisten to her next story will cats eat my eyeballs or will my cat eat my eyeballs and I'm hoping it will help me so that I can be prepared to explain to my children that one day I will die and they will die to bit to not be afraid I've also since found and realised and accepted my own spirituality it's not religion definitely not Catholicism that it's all to do with consciousness and the universe being a consciousness I believe we are simply beings of light held within these vessels until the time comes that we leave I know this because I have seen and heard many different dead people related and not related to me I wouldn't embrace it because I feared it but now I do I'm not afraid anymore thank you Caitlin and thank you to all of you who work for her and all of you pushing for this I like the idea of becoming human compost I've actually even messaged them I would like to offer my body up to them whether or not they can do that because I live so far away is it different story you may notice that I have absolutely no punctuation and the spelling may be really poor in this review that is because I suffer a lot of my own chronic illnesses I don't know how long I live in my life my mum's side of the family do not live very long my dad's last until they hundreds but I contemplate consistently about the idea of prolong death do I want it was it so bad that my nan died at the age of 68 washing meant to go she struggled and suffered a lot of pain she had a lot of surgeries and she was a strong woman she's at peace now and she was cremated and she lies beneath the soil next to the love of her life I miss you Nan and grandad but I know you're here this is a fantastic book along with the first book I have learnt so much and have been deeply touched I will never stop contemplating my mum has already made an exercise book which is her death planbook and this is all thanks to Caitlin there are no words in my life or beyond that will never be able to thank you to all members of the order of the good death

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-22-20

epilogue of dreams

witty, engaging story respectfully crafted from the experiences of a Western funeral director discovering, first hand, the death rituals of other cultures. my favourite of Doughty's works. Thankyou for such a meaningful recording. would recommend to a friend in a heartbeat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-20

Thought-provoking and entertaining

Doughty writes and performs this book so beautifully. I love the way she mixes anecdotes with facts in her work. I read her memoir Smoke Gets In Your Eyes years ago, and found this book to be in the same vein while presenting entirely new stories and information about the death industry and death rituals world wide. I once leant my copy of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes to a student of mine, and she said in a thank you note when she returned it: "I ❤ death now." Upon reading From Here To Eternity, you too will ❤ death.

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  • Jane
  • 06-30-19

Very interesting

This is the 2nd book from Caitlyn I've read. Just love them. The only problem is they are too short :) A great insight into the taboo and even interesting as a nurse. Can't wait for her new release.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-19

Read and tell your friends and family

Fabulous narration by the author along with an unapologetically real conversation about death practices in different countries aswell as infuriating information about western death culture.

A beautiful book that will have you writing out funeral wish list.
Lets continue to open the death conversation aswell as an acceptance of different burial possibilities.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

Fantastic!

This book left me wanting to know more! The narration by the author brings the words to life. Would easily play again!

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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