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

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

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 t The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with ...

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Title:From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Author:Caitlin Doughty
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:248 pages pages

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 25, 2017
    I was sent this book by the publisher after responding to an email sent to a librarian email list; they had extras leftover from ALA, and I was #ALAleftbehind, so I asked for a few from their list. I knew of Caitlin Doughty but never read her earlier book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: A...
  • Mainlinebooker
    Sep 03, 2017
    Calling all fans of cultural anthropology for this dive into how different cultures approach death and funereal rights is eye opening and fascinating. I never know how other people will react to this subject but I found her former book, Smoke gets in your Eyes, which talked about the c...
  • britt_brooke
    Oct 16, 2017
    This didn?t blow me away like her first book, but it was still a pretty fascinating read. The cool illustrations added a lot, and were, I would imagine, more pleasant than actual photos would have been. The writing was a little flat and research paper-ish, though. I really wanted mor...
  • Petra X
    Nov 07, 2017
    This is a brief tour of some of the world's strangest burial practices. In the epilogue, thanking people, Caitlin says, "Finally Landis Blair, who was an all-right boyfriend but is now a killer collaborator". And that feels like the key to this all-right, 3.5 star (at best) book. It...
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    Mar 09, 2017
    I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Doughty's previous book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, but some parts were really interesting (Himalayan vultures with nine-foot wing spans) and others quite moving (people grieving their dead children). ...
  • Lauren
    Sep 26, 2017
    Reading this book gave me some good ideas for conversation starters! Doughty's last book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, was a "pull the curtains back" on the funerary industry piece, and I enjoyed that one immensely. This book follows a different lo...
  • Karyl
    Dec 28, 2017
    This is an absolute must-read. Here in America, we are so separated from death. It is something to be feared, kept away from, hidden behind expensive caskets and embalming and services in a "multisensory experience room" (p. 234). Our dead are basically ripped from us, held in morgues ...
  • Robin
    Jun 18, 2017
    This author is so awesome. I want to go to her funeral facility when I pass. More to come. ...
  • Joy Clark
    Nov 08, 2017
    Fascinating. I've been telling people all week to add it to their reading lists. We Westerners suck at death and grief. We treat it as a pestilence in its own right, as something to handle only from a distance, and preferably with appropriate hazmat gear. By describing death rituals ar...
  • Erica
    Jan 19, 2018
    My anticipated reaction: My actual reaction: This isn't bad, not by a longshot. It's also not the stunning masterpiece I'd lead myself to believe it would be. A lot of that is my fault because I've stalked Caitlin Doughty for about 4 or 5 years now and am up to date on all ...
  • Erin Duerr
    Jun 08, 2017
    If Jessica Mitford's "Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain" frightened us into facing the reality of dying in America, Caitlin Doughty's writing is like being hugged and told everything is going to be okay. Once again Doughty guides us along an entertaining, informative and empathetic journ...
  • Ammar
    May 03, 2018
    fascinating book about the various cultures and how they interact with death, and the concept of the departed or loved one. were many non-western cultures perform more natural acts of burial, a non-industrial cremation. some use a pyre to lit a loved one, while others keep them mummifi...
  • Ashley Brooks
    Jun 04, 2017
    4.5 In her second book, Caitlin takes us around the world to take a look at how other cultures view and treat death. If you're already aware of how bizarre, detached and corporate-ified the US is about death, this will be a lovely trip through some truly beautiful rituals and cultures...
  • Emily
    Aug 07, 2017
    Caitlin Doughty has done it again: dragged us death-phobic Westerners into the light of what grieving and death could (and maybe should) look like. In From Here to Eternity, Caitlin travels the globe and shares her first-hand experiences of getting up close and personal with death ritu...
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    Feb 14, 2018
    *My 5th book for the 2018 PopSugar Challenge -#17. given to me as a gift.* This book was special and eye-opening. I was introduced to new cultures and new customs regarding death, a topic in which I've always been interested. This book made me rethink everything I thought I knew about ...
  • PorshaJo
    Nov 24, 2017
    OK, this might sound really weird....but I've been to a lot of funerals. And I mean a lot. As a very young girl, I used to go church on weekends with my grandparents, and they would always go to the funeral home after church. It was always the funeral home three day viewings followed b...
  • Melora
    Nov 09, 2017
    Some interesting stuff here, and Doughty is a convivial guide through the world of funeral practices. A forward thinking sort of mortician, Caitlin Doughty decides to see how death rituals are practiced in various cultures, both in the U.S. and around the world. With chapters on open-a...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Feb 06, 2018
    From Here to Eternity asks us to confront our bias against other cultures? ?savage? death rituals and see how they might be healthier than the usual Western approach of denying/hiding death. Many rituals Doughty observes are about maintaining a personal connection to the dead. In...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Sep 20, 2017
    3 stars I absolutely LOVED Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. It was a quirky memoir of an inexperienced cremation assistant finding her feet in a macabre and sometimes quite depressing industry. But Caitlin has grown up, the funeral business is n...
  • Rebecca Renner
    Jul 16, 2017
    Few life events affect us more than the death of a loved one. At times, it can seem that grief is monolithic, but not every culture deals with death and grief in the same way. The death culture of the US endeavors to paint a pleasing facade over what we consider macabre. Embalmers camo...
  • Amanda
    Oct 16, 2017
    This was not what I was expecting, which was a SGIYE part two. This is very much an informational nonfiction rather than a memoir, though there are memoir-esque elements about the companions Caitlin travelled with. This is a great overview of death rituals around the world, but not an ...
  • TheYALibrarian
    Jan 16, 2018
    Rating 5 Stars I really can't find any reason to complain about Caitlin Doughty and her grim but amusing books on her experiences with death. Especially as she walks hand in hand with the reaper on a daily basis as a mortician; a job I could never do myself but have always been curi...
  • jo
    Oct 15, 2017
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  • Ross Blocher
    Feb 14, 2018
    From Here to Eternity is the kind of exuberant, passionate non-fiction I live for. Caitlin Doughty has a deep fascination with death: she is a funeral director by trade and her knowledge, enthusiasm and good humor are clearly evident as she describes and de-stigmatizes cultural attitud...
  • Shannon
    Nov 11, 2017
    4/5 Solidly written, intelligent, witty, insightful, and unexpectedly heartfelt. I love Caitlin's YouTube series, Ask a Mortician, and equally loved her first book and memoir, The Smoke Gets in your Eyes. Although this book was less autobiography and more historical and informationa...
  • Erin
    Nov 02, 2017
    I was actually surprised I would Love this book as much has I did! From the first page I was engrossed! It had me like Do people really do these things with their deceased loved ones? It gave me a more cultural perspective on death and how far people will go to persevere that life. I f...
  • Sydney
    Aug 17, 2017
    This was quite interesting as it covers the more common features of how different cultures approach death. The Thai culture was probably the more interesting, as they follow the same ancient traditions as their ancestors. I would recommend this if you had a college class on philosophy...
  • Victoria ♡
    Jan 31, 2018
    This book was so interesting! It really got me thinking tbh. Recommend Caitlin's books to everyone they're so good!! ...
  • Emily
    May 03, 2018
    I absolutely LOVED this. I cannot wait to pick up more of Doughty's work and to binge watch her YouTube channel "Ask a Mortician." In this book, Doughty outlines all of the fucked up ways in which the US death industry is fucked up. She looks at expenses, dignity, and the seeming mo...
  • Monika
    Aug 24, 2017
    I didn't think that it was possible, but I loved this even more than Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. I like to pretend that I'm not, but I am an extremely squeamish person. Despite that, Doughty had me hooked on page one. From Here to Eternity is entertaining, surprisingly heart warming, and ...