From Here to Eternity : Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
by Caitlin Doughty
Editor: WW Norton & Co
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Fascinated by our ubiquitous, dead body fear, funeral director Caitlin Doughty are put to discover how other cultures care for the deadFrom Here to Eternity is a global travel experience that introduces convincing, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in AmericaIn rural Indonesia, she looks at a clean man and dress of her grandfather, mummified body, who resided in the family home for two yearsIn La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas (the cigarette, wish-giving human skulls), and in Tokyo, she meets the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, family members use the sticks to tear off their loved ones’ crematorium bones, ashes’.With infinite curiosity and a gibberish of humour, Doughty vividly describes the decomposed bodies and investigates the funerary world of history.It introduces innovative deathcare looking body composting and green burials, and examines how varied traditions, from Mexico’s Dias de los Muertos to Zoroastrian sky burial to help us see our own customs death in a new lightDoughty argues that the American burial industry sells an individual-and, at the time of closing the inspection, especially “respectful” of rites: the organisms are brought to the morgue of the, pumped full of chemicals, and buried in concreteShe says that our dear, impersonal system promotes a corrosive fear of death that hinders our ability to face and cry.By comparing customs, she shows that grieving people everywhere respond best when they help you care for the deceased, and have space to participate in the process.Beautifully illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the unknown morbid, a story about the many very interesting ways everywhere, people have faced the very human challenge of mortality
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