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From Here to Eternity : Travelling the World to Find the Good Death - Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity

Travelling the World to Find the Good Death

By: Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 10th October 2017
ISBN: 9781474606523
Number Of Pages: 208

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An eye-opening, entertaining and thought-provoking account of a mortician's journey around the world to discover how other cultures care for their dead

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 natitas (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.

About the Author

Caitlin Doughty was born and raised in Hawaii before gaining a degree in Medieval History from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she owns an alternative funeral home, Undertaking LA. She is the creator of the 'Ask a Mortician' web series, the founder of the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and co-founder of Death Salon. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

Industry Reviews

A hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death - Guardian on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Zingy, fresh and important . . . This book might change your life - Evening Standard on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Upbeat, brave and brilliantly, morbidly curious . . . Important and timely - The Sunday Times on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Easy reading, very interesting book


I loved this book. It was insanely interesting and informative. Although it does only skim the surface of different death rituals, it was an easy read with some really interesting stories from around the world.



I love this book so much!


This book is everything I had been looking for around the different cultures of death ritual around the world. The author has a sense of humour yet delivers interesting information and her passion for the subject really shows through.




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ISBN: 9781474606523
ISBN-10: 1474606520
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 10th October 2017
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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