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

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


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A New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller

“Doughty chronicles [death] practices with tenderheartedness, a technician’s fascination, and an unsentimental respect for grief.” —Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

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 Eternityis an adventure into the morbid unknown, a fascinating tour through the unique ways people everywhere confront mortality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356281
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 28,501
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the author of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? as well as the New York Times best-selling books Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity. She is the creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series and founder of The Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los Angeles, where she owns and runs a funeral home, Undertaking LA.

Landis Blairillustrated the prize-winning graphic novel The Hunting Accident and the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity, and has published illustrations in the New York Times, Chicago magazine, and Medium. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes a real, unflinching look at death rituals around the world through the lens of an American death professional who is unsatisfied with how the American death industry operates and the funeral options available in the US. Pull back the veil of pretense, superstition, and cultural norms and find out how others handle death and how their rituals give them the space they need to grieve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thought-provoking treatise on the world's rituals surrounding death and the insulation of Americans from this universal condition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all have our own beliefs and denials about death. Caitlin helps you face those denials, see what others see about death and learn to see it as part of life, not the end. I pray that we can further the "green" death practice and re-learn how to care for our loved ones!
TenaMouse More than 1 year ago
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway. Gorgeous cover with drawings speckled throughout the book. This is a wonderful, humorous, but respectful expose of how death is treated in various cultures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first discovered Caitlin Doughty through her YouTube Ask a Mortician series. I found her quite entertaining and sought out her book to see what else she can bring to the table. From Here to Eternity is an excellent and thoughtful read that contemplates what it means to mourn the dead and its significance across several different cultures, but also reads as part travel diary as Doughty outlines her travels to the far corners of the world. Doughty does a great job in writing respectfully about the subject matter but also injecting it with occasional humor (though she does tend to go overboard with parenthetical asides). It was hard for me to put this book down, and the gorgeous but macabre illustrations complemented the engaging content perfectly.
KendraHR More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read, and nicely detailed. I would suggest this book to anyone that's interested in the macabre, or has a fear of death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aside from all the feminist opinions that could have been left out, this was a great read. Very neat to read about death customs from around the world.