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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death | Caitlin Doughty
The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.” Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body. Grandpa’s mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette- smoking, wish- granting human skulls), and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved- ones’ bones from cremation ashes. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. Featuring Gorey-esque illustrations by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning— including a glowing- Buddha columbarium in Japan and America’s only open-air pyre— and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals.
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Librarybelle
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I‘m trying to get back into photo challenges, so here we go!

#GetOutTheMap to find how cultures around the world care for the dead. Doughty, a mortician, sets out on a worldwide expedition to discover practices and rituals. On my #tbr list, and yes, it‘s a tad morbid. 😐 #LilithJuly

KarenUK I read her other book for a bookclub and found it fascinating, and oddly inspiring! She‘s very compassionate and caring..... 3w
Librarybelle @KarenUK I have that one on my to read list as well. I‘ve heard really good things about her books, basically what you had described - compassion. 3w
Shakespearience I am reading this now and while it can be morbid it is extremely fascinating and has actually made me think about death in different ways. 3w
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Crazeedi Sounds like an interesting book 3w
LibrarianRyan I like this cover in WHITE!. I have only seen it in black, but this is a standout. 3w
Cinfhen Welcome back to the daily challenges 😘😘 3w
Librarybelle @Shakespearience Sounds Wonderful! 3w
Librarybelle @Crazeedi It definitely does! 3w
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan I found it on Book Outlet...the white cover is a standout 3w
Librarybelle Thank you, @Cinfhen ! ☺️ 3w
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gossamerchild
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What a fascinating topic. Doughty goes to different cultures around the world to observe their death rituals. In contrast to many of these, the US makes death impersonal, sterile, and scary. My only complaint about the book is that it wasn't long enough :-)

SamAnne @gossamerchild I loved her first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. And her Fresh Air interview. Didn‘t know she had a new book out. In my TBR stack! 2mo
gossamerchild @SamAnne It's actually a couple of years old at this point, but it's still pretty great. Oh, and I forgot to mention the illustrations are gorgeous! 2mo
Bookzombie I need to read this one and the one tagged, which I think is her latest. :) 2mo
gossamerchild @Bookzombie 😮. Yes! Stacking that one immediately. Thanks! 2mo
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LiteraryLona
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Up next!

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underground_bks
From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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Mortician and death activist Caitlin Doughty takes us on a journey through death rites, sites, and trends around the world in this riveting follow-up to her memoir of the death industry, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. This is an even tighter and more confident meditation on what we get right and what we get wrong in caring for our dead and ourselves in times of death, and it will give you so much to meditate on. 💀🌸

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EleniKara
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A fascinating read about funerary cultures around the world and viewpoints on death. May sound morbid but endlessly interesting written in a pretty journalistic style, with some personal sentiments and voice from the author. Makes me want to venture into even more nonfiction

AutumnRLS I loved this one. Have you read her first one? Thoughts? 3mo
EleniKara @AutumnRLS this was actually my first read of her but I adored her writing and voice and definitely found the subject interesting. would you suggest it? 😊 3mo
AutumnRLS I have it, but haven't gotten to it yet! I hear it's good :) 3mo
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Shvonne
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This has been on my TBR for a while. I finally picked it up because it has similar topic to the book I borrowed from #Byobook club. It‘s about how people around the world treat their dead(funeral practices, body farm, death tourism) I‘m willing to try more non fiction because of this

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Carleneishere
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Continuing with my morbid audiobook theme...

(And lets admire that cover art!)

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Krisjericho
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Americans are removed from death, and it does us a disservice. People like Caitlin Doughty are why I was able to hold and take pictures of my son when he was stillborn, even when some people discouraged it. This is a fascinating look at how death is treated around the world. I liked her first book more, but this one is a good reminder that death is a part of life, everywhere.

SW-T 💕 5mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m sorry that happened to you ❤️ I completely agree we all need to be able to talk about death more, it touches all of us. 5mo
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Simona
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The main point of this book is a Western relations to the death and corpses. How estranged we are from the process of grieving, because of the funeral industry. Author shows us a different practices/ritual in the world and possible alternatives, such as green burial - decomposing in the forest. Interesting and fascinating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Nonfiction2019 #SomethingWithADeath

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That does sound very interesting! 6mo
Simona Very interesting @Riveted_Reader_Melissa especially from a Christian POV. 6mo
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AutumnRLS
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Back to reading this wonderful book. I've been reading chapters in between my YA picks. I like a good contrast in reading materials if I'm reading things concurrently.

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AutumnRLS
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So far this is very interesting. Taking a break every 100 pages or so from Shantaram. Enjoying that too, but it's a beast of a book.

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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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Holy smokes @WeeziesBooks , I love everything & you were so incredibly generous! I can't wait to start reading my new books & I've already decided that I'm just eating chocolate for breakfast! And that unicorn booksleeve is beautiful, I've always wanted one too! 😍Thank you so much! Merry Christmas Eve!
#ChristmasBookSwap

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candority
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Day 7 of #adventrecommends

I have spent all day studying for my Psychology of Death and Dying exam tomorrow morning, so a book about the good death is fitting for today‘s recommendation. This book explores death traditions and practices from around the world. I found it incredibly fascinating and informative. I also loved Doughty‘s other book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and I am a dedicated subscriber to her YouTube channel, Ask a Mortician! 💀

jpmcwisemorgan I‘ve read her first book and saw she had a second the other day. I didn‘t know she had a YouTube channel. (edited) 7mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m going to have to check out her YouTube channel! 7mo
LauraJ My favorite read from this year!💀 Best wishes on your exam. (edited) 7mo
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JamieArc Have you read the tagged book? It‘s beautiful. The Death and Dying course I took will stay with me forever. I loved it. 7mo
candority Definitely check it out @jpmcwisemorgan and @Reviewsbylola! She puts out new videos most weeks, on a wide range of topics. They are informative, while also very entertaining! 7mo
candority One of my favourites too @LauraJ! Thank you 🤞 7mo
candority @JamieArc I haven‘t, but I just added it to my TBR! Thanks for the recommendation 😊 I agree, this course has been very impactful for me! 7mo
rabbitprincess Her books are so good! I am bad at remembering to check out channels on YouTube but will have to visit hers sometime 😊 7mo
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WeeziesBooks
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Letting my coworker borrow this one. I‘ve had a fascination with death customs since I was a teen (I think it stems from my traumatic experience with Mama‘s death) and Caitlin Doughty has helped me work through a lot of my feelings. Order of the Good Death indeed.

Reviewsbylola This one was fascinating. Moran has a way of dealing with death that makes it not so scary. 8mo
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FloralAngstMermaid
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This was so well written and thought-provoking. I loved reading all of the different ways in which cultures from all over the world engage with death. I use the word engage because for some death isn‘t the end of a relationship; death transforms the way that they communicate with their loved ones. After having read this book, I feel kinda weird NOT having a thoughtful plan for my body after I die.

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CSeydel
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What gives, Google?

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Reviewsbylola
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I can‘t say for certain that there is a #demon mentioned in this book, but just this illustration alone makes me wonder. It‘s all in the eyes. I am fascinated by the entire picture though tbh. 💀

#octoberxfiles

Cinfhen Of course this drawing fascinates you 😂😂 9mo
Moray_Reads Wow, I love that! 9mo
julesG I like this drawing! 9mo
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Kalalalatja I didn‘t know the print copy had drawings. Now I‘m kinda sad I listened to the audio of this 😅 9mo
Reggie That is some kinda drawing. Yikes. 9mo
laurenlovesliterature Reminds me of Kevin from Sin City 9mo
JennyM That is scary! 9mo
emilyhaldi 🖤🖤🖤 9mo
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DimeryRene
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Doughty reciting Be Our Guest lyrics from Beauty and the Beast to describe what happens when a whale carcass sinks to the bottom of the ocean and becomes food for countless bottom-dwellers is the best thing to happen to me today.

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Reviewsbylola
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My #libraryhaul today fits perfectly with the #septemberdanes prompt #allthepeopleintheworld because we‘re all going to die, right? 💀

Caitlin Doughty travels around the world looking at death rituals from different culture. She also examines death culture and funereal practices in the US and how our “expensive, impersonal system fosters a corrosive fear of death.”

Kalalalatja This was so interesting! 10mo
shellleigh33 Love the cover ❤️ 10mo
Velvetfur Oohh that sounds fab, and so interesting! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover!! 10mo
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LauraJ
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Possibly the best book to be reading when you find your neighbor a week after his death in the middle of a hot California summer. Seriously.

britt_brooke OMG 11mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh no!!! That‘s beyond horrible!!! For him and you!! 11mo
Reviewsbylola Omg that‘s awful!! 😬😬 11mo
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Quirkybookworm 😱😱 11mo
Wife 😳😳😳😱😱😱 11mo
ValerieAndBooks Oh no! How awful 😢. 11mo
LeahBergen What?? Oh my God! 11mo
literarywisdom 😱😱 11mo
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LizzieLou
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Fascinating to learn about deathcare around the world. I wanted more, I'm sure there are other stories from other cultures to tell.

taraWritesSci Oh wow, this sounds a bit more light hearted than some of the other books I've read on this topic. I'll have to check it out! 11mo
LizzieLou It is surprisingly upbeat and optimistic for being all about death. I really enjoyed her commentary. 11mo
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Stacers1973
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It has taken me a little bit to get through this book. A dear friend died while I was reading it so a lot of points hit very close to home for me. I learned all kinds of things about many different cultures without it feeling like a lecture.

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Gizmo86
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Saw this book reviewed Lonely Planet- absolutely fascinating to learn about how death is manages in different countries and cultures

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slzbth
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“ That is what I want in death: to disappear.”

....swarms of vultures devoured a body down to its skeleton in minutes.

*Note to self: Parsi religion, Zoroastrianism, and India‘s vulture population.

#holdingthespace for the dying person and their family ☠️
How will you and your loved ones be held?

DimeryRene I just finished this. Adored it! 🖤🖤 9mo
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misslupescu
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I have been trying to read this since about half 8 this morning. I have only managed a page due to the world and family interrupting with things to do. I think everything is done for the moment. Here‘s hoping I can stay still and get a few more pages read!

#tryingtoread #itsmydayoff #saturdayreading #death #funerals #deathrituals #orderofthegooddeath

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slzbth
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Eternal soul illustration inspiration brought forth by the taboo subject (well, relatively taboo in American culture) of the unavoidable demise of one‘s physical being.

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executivespooky
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So good! Educational and incredibly humanizing of what some might consider "weird" or "wrong."

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StellaDz
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An oh so satisfying #bookhaul at the Indigo VIP sale! 30% off and 10x the plum points? Don‘t mind if I do!! With my gift cards, this haul cost me $55!! 😃😃😃😃 #graphicnovels

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PathfinderNicole
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1. Purple 💜
2. Great British Bake-off, DC‘s Legends of Tomorrow, and Psych!
3. Done! I googled more on different culture‘s funeral rituals.
4. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, onion.
5. Currently road tripping from MI to IA to see family!
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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There was no unifying theme other than here is how people who are not American bury their dead. I was annoyed at how she described Spanish burials because I could tell how little she understood of WHY we deal with our dead the way she describes. The facts are accurate but she misses the forest for the trees so I can not imagine how much she misinterpreted cultures farther away from American white protestant.

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Wife
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Super interesting! Super entertaining! 5⭐️

candority I loved this one too! 14mo
britt_brooke Fascinating read! 14mo
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RowReads1
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Someone ran off with the chocolates. Thank you 😊 @heikemarie everything is wonderful. #bottleandbookswap @JoScho . I can‘t decide what I like the best. I‘m going to try out the water bottle right away.

GatheringBooks what a fab loot! awesome. :) 14mo
JoScho Great package 💝 14mo
Christine Both such good books (and great bottle & extras)! 14mo
heikemarie I‘m so glad!! I hope the chocolate makes its way back to you! 💜 14mo
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fleeting
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This arrived in the mail, I read a few pages to see how it's written, and instantly got hooked into reading it continuously. Lovingly written, the different death rituals around the world is not just a fun, bizarre tour, but quite the opposite: to show us what we've lost in the professionalization/Westernization of death, and how we now fear to face the inevitable, which is but a celebration of a life.

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fleeting
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Meanwhile, in Indonesia, participating in a community death ritual... 🤷‍♀️😄

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fleeting
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Came in the mail today. As someone who's been studying death in different contexts and their rituals, this seems a promising, lighthearted look. ☠

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PathfinderNicole
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This book is moving and absolutely thought-provoking. It also meant a lot to me on a personal level as someone who has seen death firsthand and am still dealing with the grief a decade later. I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in other cultures and any who want an “alternative” burial.

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PathfinderNicole
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My #libraryhaul for the day! I have about 3 weeks to read all of these before we leave for Iowa to visit family! Also found out there‘s a very high chance my husband will be temporarily relocated for work from the end of June to the end of September which means I‘ll also have to spend those 3 weeks getting our apartment ready to be unoccupied for that time if it winds up happening. 😬😬😬.

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Kalalalatja
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What a fascinating audiobook! Doughty describes with feeling and respect how different countries live with, celebrate and deal with death and dead bodies. It gave me a lot of knowledge I didn‘t have before and it has put some thoughts into my head about how I would like my body to be handled once I‘m no longer here 💀

Caterina I‘m so excited to read this! 1y
britt_brooke This was fascinating! Have you read her other book? It‘s eye-opening as well: 1y
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teebe
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CouronneDhiver Interesting! I always love her books 1y
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m combatting tiredness with an #audiowalk to the library in the lovely, sunny weather. I‘m not really feeling any of my books at home, so hopefully I can find something to finish of my #readathon 📚

Sophoclessweetheart This is so gorgeous x 1y
charl08 Nice view! 1y
catebutler Your library is gorgeous! Enjoy your walk. 🌿 1y
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GatheringBooks love the idea of #readathon - ing while walking! :) beautiful view 1y
batsy That's a lovely space to house a library 😍 1y
CoffeeAndABook Quite a location for a library! Enjoy it all ☀️ 1y
larah17 That‘s stunning 😍 1y
julesG Oh, I've been there. Years ago. Also, your library is open on a Sunday! Wish that were the case here. 1y
ElishaLovesBooks Beautiful! 1y
Reviewsbylola Sunday funday! Love it! 1y
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I‘m fascinated by Japan‘s Lastel (Last+Hotel= “corpse hotel”, so families can visit the body over a period of days) and that you can rent a condo so your family can stay with the body overnight and in comfort. In my culture, from the time someone dies till the time they are buried/cremated (3 days), they‘re not to be left alone. Someone always stays with them. Western-style funeral homes aren‘t all that comfortable or accommodating.

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danimgill
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“Girl what is wrong with you??” - my mom, probably, when she hears I just read yet another book about death. To which I‘ll say “yes MOM stop being so weird about it we all need to talk about death and learn from other cultures” in my best teenage-me flashback voice.

But for real this was a FASCINATING read about how people engage with their dead around the world. I liked Doughty‘s first book better but this was still excellent, I recommend!

Kalalalatja I‘m listening to this at the moment, and it really is fascinating! 1y
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Booksnchill
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Excellent nonfiction work describing death rituals that are “alternative” to western cremation/embalming/casket burials. I found the way other cultures face death and their dead to be comforting and much more healing/healthy than the US death industry. Excellent book.

britt_brooke The place that allows pyres in Colorado kind of blew my mind (in a good way). There should be more options in this country. Have you read her other book then? I‘ve lost 2 grandparents since I read it and can‘t look at funerals the same way. 1y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke I have her first book on hold now. I have lost all of my grandparents and both of my parents and the US funeral system is inadequate in my opinion. I had just asked to be cremated and spread but I may move to Crestone!!! 1y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill Very inadequate, I agree. It‘s sad what a business it is. Cremation for me, too. 🔥 1y
AlaMich My wife‘s dad died last year and he had purchased a plot in a cemetery decades ago. Now the cemetery is saying his ashes can‘t be interred until the family pays this new fee. It‘s a pretty sad state of affairs when your society allows death to be a profit-making business. 😠 1y
Booksnchill @AlaMich so true😟 1y
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I‘m in quite the reading slump. I keep reading books and bailing because they are just not for me (or not for me right now). One of the rejects is From Here to Eternity. The subject matter is interesting but the author and/or her writing style irk me a little. I do like the illustrations in it though. Maybe I‘ll come back to it later.

ReadingMeagan I hope you get back into your read groove soon. Sometimes re-reading a favourite book gets me out of a slump. Good luck! 1y
BookishShelly @ReadingMeagan Thanks! I got a bunch of books from the library so at least one of them should do it. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll find a good one in the library pile 🤞 1y
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Booksnchill
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Reading about the good death- so interesting to read about non traditional and non western practices.

BookishShelly I‘m currently reading this also. 1y
Booksnchill @BookishShelly I am finding it fascinating and very easy to read! 1y
WeeziesBooks I loved this book! Her first book is equally as interesting. 1y
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A little over half-way through with this book.

radhikeey This seems intresting! Waiting for your review 1y
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teebe
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😂 I can‘t stop laughing anytime I think about what it must be like to enter what you think is an empty burial cave only to find some random white girl hanging out in the dark.

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teebe
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🤨 Still appropriative though.

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teebe
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I‘ve had the flu for the past week and have barely been able to read ☹️ So today, I‘m correcting that by finally starting this beauty 💀💀 #currentlyreading

cobwebmoth Hope you're feeling better soon! 1y
teebe @cobwebmoth thanks! 1y
LiteraryinLititz Ugh. Hope it finally goes away soon! This has been a rough year for flu. 1y
LeahBergen Poor you! ❤️ 1y
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hoggman
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Just started this audiobook, super interested to see where it goes.

jamie_in_the_library I‘m reading this right now too - it‘s fascinating! We read her other book for my library bookclub and it was one of the most interesting discussions we‘ve had ☠️ 1y
MelAnn I love reading books on this topic - I recommend Confessions of a Funeral Director! I enjoyed this book! 1y
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