From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

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Captivate by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she examine the world ’ s funerary customs and expands our sense of what it refer to treat the dead with dignity. Her account questions the rituals of the American funeral industry—especially chemical embalming—and suggests that the most effective traditions are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased. Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a fascinating tour through the unique ways people everywhere confront mortality.
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272
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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
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Published October 9th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company (first published October 3rd 2017

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Her others are certainly on my to-read list now.Ta, L.

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She ooks at expenses, dignity, and seeming moratorium on public grief here in the states.In contrast, Doughty takes the reader along with her as she travels the world learning about variou people' death rituals and mourning practices.

Doughty looks at different cultural traditions without a tinge of fetishization, and with th whole lot of respect.

She goes back the curtain, gives you courag and insight, and makes death a whole lot less scary.Ca n't recommend th book enough!!

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4.5In her second novel, Caitlin takes us around the world to ake anothe look at how other cultures view and treat death.

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Doughty explores some of the standard expectations of other places and I fee like I earned a lot, from the Japanese crematorium experience ( where the family watches), to the corpses living with families on an island in Indonesia, to the notion that a burial plot is only as good as long as the body is decomposing in Spain ( and even a permanent space as it is in the USA.) Doughty also tells the tory of how the way a Mexican town honors their dead is healing to her cousi who lost a baby.Such a minor part, but I found myself captivate by the pages about whales ...

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And that feels like the key to this all-right, 3.5 star ( at best) book.It feels like flushed with the deserved success of first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, the uthor had ecided to b dual career as of funeral home proprietor and writer and had cast around for a subject to rite about it.

he most surprisin was Tibet where the recently dead are chopped up and mixed with flour and butter and offered to birds of prey who having filled up on the corpses fly off, and so it is nown, poetically, as 'sky burial'.

You ight wish to defin a ritual that is personal for the family, and less the killingly expensive pressure that benefits the funeral directors.

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