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

Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair

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Memoirs, Sociology: death & dying, Travel writing

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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. 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.

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Praise for From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death

  • Compelling . . . Doughty's writing will give you the giggles as well as send a chill down your spine - GUARDIAN

  • Think Bill Bryson doing an underworld special - THE TIMES

  • Doughty is fun, with an eye for the bizarre and the absurd. She hits the road in quest of cultures untroubled by the western taboos surrounding mortality - SPECTATOR

  • Fascinating, thought-provoking and funny. Put it on your bucket list - MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Caitlin Doughty

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 the author of two NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers - SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

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