From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

Book - 2017
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Describes death customs and rituals from around the world, exploring how they compare to the impersonal American system and how mourners respond best when they participate in caring for the deceased.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393249897
Characteristics: xiii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Blair, Landis
Call Number: 393.93 DOU


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liljables Apr 09, 2018

I loved Caitlin Doughty's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and this was an excellent follow-up/companion to that memoir. "From Here to Eternity" explores death and grieving rituals from around the world, allowing the reader to contemplate the concept of "the good death". This book tells a less personal story than "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" - it's more of a death-themed travelogue - but it's just as readable, and it will (hopefully) leave you questioning why we cling so tightly to our sterile, impersonal, expensive, and needlessly commercial death rituals here in North America.

Mar 22, 2018

I love Caitlin's AskAMortician videos, so I thought I'd give this a try. Fascinating examination of death culture around the world, crammed with lots of interesting death-related tid-bits that I've never heard of. I have my own anxieties and complicated feelings towards death and funerals, but I couldn't put this down. I especially appreciate that she was very careful to treat every death ritual with respect and that she centered women's voices and lives throughout the whole book. Highly recommend.

Mar 21, 2018

It's so interesting how different cultures view the process of death and afterlife.

OPL_AutumnH Mar 16, 2018

This was a great companion to Doughty's first book. The death rituals in various cultures were fascinating to learn about, and this took my thoughts and conversations about death to the next level.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 07, 2018

I loved reading this book! I hope that we have managed to find a better way to eternity by the time I get there.

Jan 28, 2018

I really enjoyed this book - it was fun and interesting to learn about death practices and funeral rights around the world. My only complaint was that it was too short! (And it wasn't that short). I really enjoyed the Festival of the Natitas in Bolivia, in which people celebrate dressed up skulls.

Jan 21, 2018

From Here to Eternity is a brilliant complement to the recent publication of writings on more conscious choices individuals have about how they age as in Atul Gawande's Bein Mortal: What Matters Most in the End. Caitlin Doughty brings it to a whole when she taunts awareness to different culture's rituals and meanings to the disposition (or not) of one's remains. Always insightful and with doses of humor Doughty again opens our eyes to choices in an area of mortality that, as Americans, we generally take for granted in modern tradition.

OPL_ErinD Dec 19, 2017

Once again Caitlin Doughty has written a book that I keep trying to put into people's hands. Told by one of the leaders of the Death Positive movement, "From Here to Eternity" is an entertaining, informative and empathetic journey through death culture around the world.

Nov 02, 2017


ArapahoeKati Oct 17, 2017

Amazing. Doughty treats the somewhat taboo subject of death culture with grace and just enough humor to make you relax when thinking about the inevitable death we're all facing.

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