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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

From Here to Eternity

Updated: Jul 13, 2021



Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2


"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."


 

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death is a nonfiction novel by mortician Caitlin Doughty.


This is the 3rd and final book in my journey to read Doughty's books.


Same as her other books, this is very informative of the differents kinds of burial practices around the world as well as the different kinds of thought around death.


It was interesting to see how some cultures deal with death in ways that are vastly different from western ideals.


If you want to learn about how bodies are treated after death by those they left behind, this is the book for you.


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