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From Here to Eternity

Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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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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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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  • Wras
  • 08-09-19

Interesting rituals for the benefit of the living

I have no cultural reverence; cultures are bubbles that make logical some horrible tradition Caitlin Doughty is one of this people that would not scream s....t if fillet her mouth which makes her able to observe the most illogical and strange customs with reverence, with the exception of her own of course, that is the new norm in our culture so everyone is blind to their blindness.
having a corps in your house for years is not something I would like, making my children sleep with it is a bit far, but I am the kind of person that just like disposing of bodies with little show; that is just me.
Yes it is very interesting to see the different degrees of ritual and commercial need created by some ones death and what people do to create a way of dealing with it, it is also sad that we spend so much on a basic biological happenstance out of fear of the inevitable and out of lack of understanding that time will consume even their greef.
Caitlin Doughty is a good writer that exposes what most will not mention, a bit too reverential at times but alway informative and true to her feelings

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  • Iszy v H
  • 07-28-19

Fantastic

As always, incredibly informative and interesting stories. Well written and read.
Thoroughly enjoyable and I just wish I knew more if this information when my mother passed in 2011.

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  • Vicky
  • 07-19-19

Brilliant book

Well written, and well read. Very much enjoyed listening to this when out and about. It really makes you think about death differently

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  • Didi
  • 04-15-19

Quite interesting

I am a huge fan of Caitlin's work and I love her delivery of the book. She has such a good voice for it.

The book is full of amazing stories about how different cultures tend to their dead. Everything from sky burials to using bodies as compost. I quite enjoyed this book but I must admit I prefer her previous work 'Smoke gets in your eyes'. Definitely worth a listen though!

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  • lynsay g
  • 02-03-19

Fabulous.

An informative and enjoyable account of how different cultures around the world approach one of the last great taboos.

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  • Toni
  • 11-03-18

Thought Provoking

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Just with Caitlin Doughty's first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes I thought this was fascinating. I loved hearing about the death rituals and cultures from various places worldwide. Some seemed bizarre, some seemed slightly sickening and others made complete sense. Whatever I thought if each different country's approach it made me realise that the western world are so behind the rest of the world because death is still a taboo here and very much hidden from the public eye. Hearing about the countries that have vastly more public involvement than that found in the UK or US has made me realise that our hide-all-but-absolutely-necessary approach is likely why we still fear death and have little to no idea of what happens to our bodies after death because people here feel it's not something that should be talked about.

We need to change this and with this books candid but humourous look at death we can begin to make the changes we need for death to no longer be a taboo. One slight warning however. If you have never watched and want to watch Psycho without being spoiled watch Psycho before diving into this.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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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.