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Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" web series. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and cofounded Death Salon. Her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, was published in show more 2015. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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The Morbid Anatomy Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 68 copies
YOU DIED: An Anthology of the Afterlife (2020) — Foreword — 51 copies

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Canonical name
Doughty, Caitlin
Legal name
Doughty, Caitlin
Birthdate
1984-08-19
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Places of residence
San Francisco, California, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Education
St. Andrew's Priory School
University of Chicago (BA|Medieval History)
Cypress College (Mortuary Science)
Occupations
mortician
funeral director
author
blogger
Organizations
Order of the Good Death
Death Salon
Agent
Sproul-Latimer, Anna
Short biography
Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" web series. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and cofounded Death Salon. She lives in Los Angeles. [from Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2014)]

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See the full review at baileysbooks.home.blog!

Recommended: Yes!
For anyone who will die or knows someone who will eventually die, for people curious about everything and anything, for my favorite mix of science and humor

Thoughts:
You know what, I just made this 5 stars instead of 4 because, as far as I know, nothing so approachable and clear has been put out there before. At least not in such a well-known and effective way! (FYI I totally gave this my vote for Goodreads' Choice this year!)

Funny. Honest. Accessible. Smart.
For me, a huge part of enjoying this was how funny Caitlin made it. She took death from being a terrifying and heartbreaking ordeal, to - let's say - giving it some life, and making it less scary by making it more understandable. A lot of the science of the process I was already familiar with from past courses in forensics, but her explanations were concise and easy for anyone to understand. And, also importantly, it wasn't boring in those moments that were heavy on the science and words that have latin bases and tend to strike fear into people's hearts. I trust that she knows what she's talking about in the way that she presents information, and she acknowledges other options and perspectives on things as well as giving her own opinions.

On that note, if you are highly squeamish, you will probably need to skip some sections in here, because she does go into detail. It's all respectful and factual, but if getting into the nooks and crannies of a body is going to be too much for you, that's a lot of what this book is by nature.
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Jenniferforjoy | 46 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
Caitlin Doughty, a professional mortician and author, has been asked sooooo many questions by curious children when they hear that she works with dead bodies. In this light-hearted, humorous and delightfully informative book she answers some of the questions we all wonder sometimes but maybe haven't known who to ask (or felt it appropriate to ask), such as "What would happen to an astronaut body in space?" and "Can I preserve my body in amber like a prehistoric insect?" with science, frankness and appropriate sensitivity. Highly recommended. And after all, since none of us is making it out of this existence alive, we might as well approach the subject with honesty and a little humor.… (more)
 
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ryner | 46 other reviews | Jan 20, 2024 |
Doughty is about as quirky as they come in her fascination with this most macabre of subjects. And yet her no-nonsense approach to it helps her reader to get past immature squeamishness to seriously consider the way North American society in particular handles death. It would seem that other traditions may have a lot to offer that ours does not. Reading this book promotes some healthy introspection (and you may find a few laughs along the way).
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