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From Here to Eternity

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from Caitlin Doughty's book "From Here to Eternity," illustrated by Landis Blair

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.

Caitlin Doughty is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible] and her new book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]