From Here To Eternity

From Here To Eternity

Traveling The World To Find The Good Death

Audiobook CD - 2017 | Unabridged.
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Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. Grandpa's mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette- smoking, wish- granting human skulls), and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones' bones from cremation ashes. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning--including a glowing--Buddha columbarium in Japan and America's only open-air pyre--and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD :, Recorded Books,, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781501974977
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (5 hr., 30 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
digital
audio file,MP3 audio
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc
Summary: Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. Grandpa's mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette- smoking, wish- granting human skulls), and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones' bones from cremation ashes. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning--including a glowing--Buddha columbarium in Japan and America's only open-air pyre--and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals.

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