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From Here to Eternity

Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Auteur(s): Caitlin Doughty
Narrateur(s): Caitlin Doughty
Durée: 5 h et 37 min
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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 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.

Author bio: Mortician Caitlin Doughty - host and creator of Ask a Mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and cofounded Death Salon. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA.

©2017 Caitlin Doughty (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Amazing Content! Stellar author.

Caitlin Doughty has delivered another amazing book that delves into the mortuary practices around the world. Her first book was amazing and this is just as good. Caitlin is the narrator and you can clearly tell she has a passion for her work, as it shows through the stellar writing.
I loved this book and I highly recommend picking it up, and her first book as well.
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  • Au global
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A beautifully researched and meaningful piece♡

This book was a beautifully researched, meaningful piece. I believe it being narrated by the author added to it.
This book helped me keep serene as I built an interactive cemetery art installation to help others contemplate mortality.
The western culture definitely has an issue of fear surrounding death and pieces like this help those of us who crave closure and peace to not feel alone

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Incredible

This audiobook is a real favourite of mine, as much or even more than Caitlin Doughty’s previous book “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. I’ve listened to it around four times now, and it has become a bit of a comfort book. It is greatly helped by being read by the author herself, whose delivery is that of a natural actor and entertainer (honed over years no doubt by being the host of an amazing YouTube channel). I have laughed and cried with this book, and it has become a familiar friend to me on long journeys.

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Great book!

Such an interesting book, and loved that it was read my the author! Wish it was longer, 10 chapters was too short!

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truly an interesting listen.

educational and informative. A delightful surprise well worth the listening time. it was well enjoyed.

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A surprisingly interesting and enjoyable book... not heavy

Wasnt sure if this wAs going to be textbook like or something from left over hippies.... it was neither. It was An interesting discussion in the death practices of other cultures as
Seen through the eyes of someone in the North American funeral business. It was enjoyable ... not scientific not religious but simply enjoyable. It makes one think and question why death is seen as something scary that we don’t want to be involved with. The practices of those described make total sense. The author reads the book on audible and her voice is soothing. Yes - soothing! That’s what this book was - a soothing glimpse into other cultures and how they deal with death highly recommend - content is not heavy

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loved it!

I found it fascinating and enjoyed every minute of it! I can't wait for her next book!

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Bring out your dead!

An absolutely fascinating, at times shocking what other cultures do with their bodies of the deceased – look at the cycle of life and how different cultures treat the body after death. An absolute adventure of awe & disbelief, that you must have a listen to!

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Very Comforting

Loved it. It really makes thinking of death much easier..
Very Entertaining. Caitlyn is amazing and hilarious.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is another fantastic book of hers.

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Things you will never know until you read this boo

This was a very interesting read and now I have a very different outlook on death.
Narrator was great and passionate about the topic.

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  • RavenHarte
  • 2019-02-12

The "Eat Pray Love" of Death Rituals

What a refreshing look at the death rituals of the world and the twisted reality of the death industry of the USA. Truthful insights about what's wrong with western cultures perception and handling of Death, and ideas of how we can make it better. Brava!

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  • Miss Cambria
  • 2018-02-28

Incredible Read

Listened to both of Caitlin's books in one sitting, and I am anxiously awaiting the next (hopefully there will be more)!
I was enthralled by the thoughtful cometary on various death cultures, which made me reflect on my and my family's impending death and what we can do to be hands on during the funeral process.

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  • Shaun
  • 2017-10-03

Caitlin has done it again

This book is a fascinating look at the ways death is handled in various cultures and communities. And it is a look at how our Western approach has fallen short, and needs to change.

Caitlin has a wry voice and an amazing perspective.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 2018-04-19

Thoughtful guide pointing to a new (old) pathway

We, in the Western World can do Death better. There is a better way. It doesn't have to be focused on a casket - where the more spent is associated with a better funeral for the person who died and where the body is prettied up for viewing in a very brutal and invasive method of embalming behind-the-scenes. What goes on behind the scenes to make a body look good is . . . awful.

Combined with the first book, where Caitlin goes back through history and shows how it was often women who cleaned and prepared the body, often family members in the home, to how the Civil War created a need for a chemical treatment of the body to bring it home across distances. To how that war created a business model of embalming, with more and more the casket being a combined business source of profit along with embalming and the display of the body. How that profitable business model then became more of a male-dominated business along with a protective set of laws to ensure the business model was in control.

In this second book Caitlin goes back and forth - traveling to other countries to experience first-hand a different cultural take on death and bodies. It's fascinating. Woven between the travels are cogent examinations of our own treatment of bodies. And, how it has become a profitable business - often a financial burden for people without a lot of money.

It doesn't have to be that way. It doesn't have to be materialistic and expensive. It is possible to have a less invasive, less materialistic, and more meaningful and natural and dignified death, treatment of the body, and ceremonial and honorable grief process.

These are not necessarily thoughts expressed in her book, but her book made me think, reflect, and make decisions based on the information she provided in her books. And, I found her website. I love how she describes in her website what is done and what the prices are. And, since she has mentioned in her books about being opposed to "upselling" - it is refreshing to see that her website is a good example of how things can be done.

Narration: Excellent.

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  • Lindsey
  • 2018-08-14

Absolutely Remarkable

I loved every moment of this book. I laughed, cried, and felt a sense of security with death. I fear death so much less; not only my own, but also my loved ones. Thank you Caitlyn.

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  • Joseph
  • 2018-02-21

She’s awesome

Love the author ever since I stumbled on her YouTube channel. She has a great perspective and the book is a wonderful exploration of death rituals and the value they hold.

The book is read by the author, and she does a wonderful job of it. Well worth the credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-17

Amazing!

I loved everything about this book, but specifically the honesty in the ways we treat our dead. The stories were wonderfully descriptive and respectful. I’ll read anything Doughty writes.

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  • April Frances Miletich Rasmussen
  • 2018-04-13

Fascinating, Relevant, and Powerful

Would you listen to From Here to Eternity again? Why?

Yes, it is extremely thought provoking and well written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Here to Eternity?

I was particularly struck by the telling of the angelitos and the acknowledgement that we do not have enough ritual for something as traumatic as infant/pregnancy loss.

Have you listened to any of Caitlin Doughty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to one other and found both excellent

If you could give From Here to Eternity a new subtitle, what would it be?

A Collection of Possible Death Practices to Explore for a Death-Denying Culture

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  • SMSD
  • Iowa
  • 2017-10-09

A book everyone should read.

I think this is an important book for people to read.
I also think that this book, her first book, and her YouTube channel are awesome, because it’s so cool to see someone so unapologetically geek out over something they’re passionate about — especially, in this case, because this is something most people shy away from.

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  • Swartzie
  • 2019-09-29

Funny, fascinating and touching

This was a really great experience! The author is as talented in her writing as she is in her narrating, a true story teller! I feel that my whole perception of death has been changed, comforted and made more approachable, more sacred and even magical.

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