From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Paperback)Caitlin Doughty (author)
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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.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 211 x 140 x 20 mm
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Such a fascinating and educational read!
"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... More
“A fascinating glimpse”
Warm and witty; this is a fascinating journey through death customs around the world told in unique and inimitable style. The chance to glimpse into these often very personal rituals was surprisingly touching and... More
“Caitlin is a fabulous writer”
Having read Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by the same author, I was intrigued to get this book. The death rituals worldwide shows that there is a much more family orientated relationship to death, to the traditional... More
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