From Here to Eternity
As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies.
She sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears.
In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummi ed body.
She meets Bolivian ñatitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and discovers the Japanese ritual of kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their lovedones’ bones from cremation ashes.
With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning.