From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Fascinated 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 investigates the world's funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means 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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Thought-provoking.... Unless you and your friends are immortal, this book pertains to you.--A. J. Jacobs
Doughty writes bluntly about open-air cremations, natural burials and body composting, bringing a little more clarity and a little less mystery to the question: 'What happens to us after we die?'--Our Guide to 2017's Great Reads
Doughty finds the humanity in others cultures' relationship with death that seems to be lacking in ours.
The macabre travelogue is a thoughtful reflection and a smart critique of the American funeral industry, with plenty of gallows humor thrown in.--The Ten Best Travel Books of 2017
This humane book gently provokes you to wonder: what exactly is your ideal funeral?
From Here To Eternity is fascinating, thought-provoking and--who would have guessed?--sometimes funny. Put it on your bucket list.