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From Here to Eternity Audiobook

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

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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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    absolutely loved this book. fascinating, intelligent and in parts humorous. It harks back to a time that women took the last watch as well as the first and questions why we have let big business take over one of the most personal experiences of our lives.

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    really interesting book, I managed to finish it over the weekend. it made me think about my own mortality.

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