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.
Published: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393249897
Branch Call Number: 363.75 DOU
Characteristics: xiii, 248 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Blair, Landis - Illustrator


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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.

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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


AL_KATI 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.

LPL_MargoM Oct 11, 2017

Caitlin Doughty's follow up to her memoir, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, is everything I want out of a nonfiction book about death and death culture. She treats the subject with a combination of respect and openness that the American public sorely needs. For fans of the "death culture book" genre (Stiff, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Working Stiff, The American Way of Death, etc...) this book is a welcome addition. To individuals who are a little wary or may want to learn more about the subject, the book is both intriguing and welcoming. If you're a little uncomfortable or don't think this book is for you, give it a try. It will surprise you.

Jun 09, 2017

If Jessica Mitford's "Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain" frightened us into facing the reality of dying in America, Caitlin Doughty's writing is like being hugged and told everything is going to be okay. Once again Doughty guides us along an entertaining, informative and empathetic journey through death culture and this time we get to travel the world as we do it.

Just like her first book, this is a title I want to hand to people and say, "Read it and then let's talk."


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