From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

Book - 2017
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Describes death customs and rituals from around the world, exploring how they compare to the impersonal American system and how mourners respond best when they participate in caring for the deceased.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2017
ISBN: 9780393249897
0393249891
Branch Call Number: 393 DOUG
Characteristics: xiii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Colorado: Crestone
Indonesia: South Sulawesi
Mexico: Michoacán
North Carolina: Cullowhee
Spain: Barcelona
Japan: Tokyo
Bolivia: La Paz
California: Joshua Tree
Additional Contributors: Blair, Landis

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lauz32 Nov 10, 2018

This was such an interesting and enjoyable read! I loved learning about the way other cultures deal with death and make it a natural part of life. I was in Mexico for day of the dead so it was quite an appropriate time to read the book, and it didn't feel macabre or depressing. A great quick read.

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CMaxted
Sep 14, 2018

This book is so interesting! I didn't want to put it down once I started reading. It came with pictures but I wish more were included. I ended up googling a lot of the scenes described in the book.

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 06, 2018

Doughty deftly explores how the avoidance of death and our current funerary practices have left us bereft and emotionally adrift when facing the death and care of a loved one. She explores funerary practices across the world and finds inspiration and encouragement for rethinking fundamental deathcare. The best part is that Doughty writes with humor, respect, and intelligence and I found her epilogue to be especially smart and moving. The result is an entertaining, thought-provoking, and worthwhile read.

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AureliaReads
Jul 06, 2018

The title is misleading. I expected a book about medical assistance in dying - its availability and how different countries erect different types of legal and religious barriers. And a book about palliative care availability in various countries. Instead, it's a book about funerals and grieving customs around the world. This makes sense, since the author owns a funeral home. A big disappointment.

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njwillso
Jun 30, 2018

A very knowledgeable read about how one is prepared for the afterlife, and how culture, religion, society, along with ones own core values and beliefs, heavily influence these preparations. Caitlin Doughty is not only witty but shares her own experiences as a mortician, as she travels to many distant lands in search of 'the good death'. An excellent read for those who are interested in all things mortuary.

liljables Apr 09, 2018

I loved Caitlin Doughty's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and this was an excellent follow-up/companion to that memoir. "From Here to Eternity" explores death and grieving rituals from around the world, allowing the reader to contemplate the concept of "the good death". This book tells a less personal story than "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" - it's more of a death-themed travelogue - but it's just as readable, and it will (hopefully) leave you questioning why we cling so tightly to our sterile, impersonal, expensive, and needlessly commercial death rituals here in North America.

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VyshB
Mar 22, 2018

I love Caitlin's AskAMortician videos, so I thought I'd give this a try. Fascinating examination of death culture around the world, crammed with lots of interesting death-related tid-bits that I've never heard of. I have my own anxieties and complicated feelings towards death and funerals, but I couldn't put this down. I especially appreciate that she was very careful to treat every death ritual with respect and that she centered women's voices and lives throughout the whole book. Highly recommend.

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Wattage
Mar 21, 2018

It's so interesting how different cultures view the process of death and afterlife.

OPL_AutumnH Mar 16, 2018

This was a great companion to Doughty's first book. The death rituals in various cultures were fascinating to learn about, and this took my thoughts and conversations about death to the next level.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 07, 2018

I loved reading this book! I hope that we have managed to find a better way to eternity by the time I get there.

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