Book Review: " From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death " by Caitlin Doughty

by Jared Rubenstein (@DrJRubenstein)Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, funeral home owner, author, and activist who strives to instill more death positivity into our classically death-avoidant culture. Through her writing, websitecaitlindoughty.com,podcast andnumerous YouTube videos she utilizes her signature voice and style to both educate and entertain. In her book,From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, Ms. Doughty treats the author to a whirlwind tour of different cultural practices around death throughout the world. In equal parts travelogue and ethnography, the reader gets to experience eight different and unique cultural practices related to how we care for each other after death.In the Tana Toraja region of Indonesia, there is an annual event where families exhume their mummified loved ones to spend time with them and care for their bodies. They talk to the corpses, bring them gifts, and change their clothes prior to ultimately returning the body to the family crypts at the end of the festival. One man reported, “For us, we are used to it, this kind of thing. This life and death.” In Tokyo, Japan, we are taken to theRuriden columbarium, a high-tech Buddhist facility for storing cremated remains. A room with two thousand glowing Buddhas that line the walls floor to ceiling serves as a means for technology to facilitate the way in which people connect with their deceased. Using an electronic card, visitors are able to locate which glowing Bud...
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