Mortician, author and activist Caitlin Doughty discusses her new book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. She reveals how America’s funeral industrial complex overcharges and over-regulates how we say goodbye to our loved ones and how funerals went from private family affairs to big business in just a century. She shares how people around the world honor the dead including villagers in Indonesia who sleep, eat, and interact with their deceased on a daily basis, and high tech innovators are revolutionizing how the dearly departed are remembered in Japan. She tells of a community in Colorado that forgoes the sterile funeral home cremation in favor of an old fashioned funeral pyre, and a green advocate in North Carolina who wants to compost your corpse.
Order Caitlin Doughty's book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death on Amazon or download the audio book on Audible. To learn more about Caitlin Doughty and The Order of the Good Death, visit www.caitlindoughty.com and www.orderofthegooddeath.com. Check out her popular Ask a Mortician videos on youtube, and follow Caitlin on Twitter at @TheGoodDeath.
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