Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 03-05-18

Love love love it!

This is by far the best book I've read in a long time! It was so interesting and really got me thinking about death in a completely different way.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 13-04-18

a book you will never forget!

Caitlin is completely right, in the West we hide or ignore death when we should be death positive and want to be involved with the remains of our loved ones. This book has really challenged my thinking and attitudes towards death an incredible book!

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