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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, by Caitlin Doughty

Enter for a chance to win a copy of the "Ask a Mortician" web series creator's new book.

Caitlin Doughty has always been fascinated by death. In 2011, she founded the death acceptance collective, The Order of the Good Death—starting a death positive movement. Doughty also opened Undertaking LA, a progressive funeral home where loved ones can be apart of deathcare, in 2015. 

Her latest book, which follows her 2015 debut Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, chronicles her global journey to understand death in other cultures. As she investigates deathcare rituals in other countries, she comes to learn how various traditions have influenced how we care for our dead. 

Together with W.W. Norton & Company, The Lineup is giving away 10 copies of Caitlin Doughty's new book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.   

Enter for your chance to win a copy of From Here to Eternity. 

About the Book 

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The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.”

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America.

In rural Indonesia, she watches a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body, which has resided in the family home for two years. In La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and in Tokyo she encounters the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones’ bones from cremation ashes.

With boundless curiosity and gallows humor, Doughty vividly describes decomposed bodies and investigates the world’s funerary history. She introduces deathcare innovators researching body composting and green burial, and examines how varied traditions, from Mexico’s Días de los Muertos to Zoroastrian sky burial help us see our own death customs in a new light.

Doughty contends that the American funeral industry sells a particular―and, upon close inspection, peculiar―set of “respectful” rites: bodies are whisked to a mortuary, pumped full of chemicals, and entombed in concrete. She argues that our expensive, impersonal system fosters a corrosive fear of death that hinders our ability to cope and mourn. By comparing customs, she demonstrates that mourners everywhere respond best when they help care for the deceased, and have space to participate in the process.

Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a story about the many fascinating ways people everywhere have confronted the very human challenge of mortality.

About the Author

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  • Caitlin Doughty

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Caitlin Doughty is an American mortician, author, blogger, and YouTube personality known for advocating death acceptance and the reform of Western funeral industry practices. She is the creator of the web series "Ask a Mortician", founder of The Order of the Good Death, and author of the bestselling book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory.

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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC who are 18 years of age and older by 10/10/2017.

Created on 10 Oct 2017

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