Death

From Here to Eternity

Oct 31, 2017

There are death rituals around the world that might strike you as morbid, disrespectful, or downright gross. In Japan, survivors pick through their loved one’s cremated ashes with chopsticks to find bone fragments. In Tibet, bodies are eaten by vultures. Tuesday, mortician Caitlin Doughty joins us to talk about the rituals she chronicles in a new book. Doughty says these traditions give families time and space to mourn, something she argues is sorely missing in American culture today.

Stay

Jun 16, 2015

The poet, philosopher, and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht had very personal reasons for making suicide the topic of her latest book. Two of her friends killed themselves just a couple of years apart, leaving their community stunned and grieving. So Hecht began to reflect on the arguments against suicide, not from a religious stand-point, but from a secular and philosophical perspective. Tuesday, she joins Doug to describe the reasons she found to challenge people to "Stay." (Rebroadcast)