FROM HERE TO ETERNITYCAITLIN DOUGHTY Book Number: 87253 Product format: Paperback
A ferocious critique of the industrialisation of death and burial, Doughty invites us to look at and contemplate alternatives. She has an eye for the fun and the bizarre and the absurd and hits the road in quest of cultures untroubled by Western taboos surrounding mortality. She invites us to think about how we want our dead bodies to be treated as part of the natural physical circle. From Bolivia to Barcelona, Indonesia to Mexico, Tokyo and La Paz to Joshua Tree, she talks to a wide array of professionals. The West has made death and its aftermath into a corporate, perfunctory affair in which the meaning of an ending is denied. Doughty's mission is to 'reclaim public understanding of dying' and to bring individuality and joy back into our dealings with the dead. With her curiosity and morbid humour we are introduced to inspiring death-care innovators and participate in powerful death practices including a futuristic glowing Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery and America's only open-air pyre. She does not flinch from giving the specific details of burning flesh and body decay since she is a practicing mortician herself, long fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. Many woodcut illus, 248pp in paperback.
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