Join mortician, Caitlin Doughty—host and creator of «Ask a Mortician», founder of The Order of the Good Death and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes for an author talk on her new book, From Here to Eternity.
The author talk will take place in Story Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery and will feature excerpts from her new book, a Q & A session, and a book signing!
About the Book: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
«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 ñatitas (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. Featuring Gorey-esque illustrations by artist Landis Blair, 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.» --CaitlinDoughty.com
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Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.