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Publisher's Summary

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death.
Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying. Full of bizarre encounters, gallows humour and vivid characters (both living and very dead), this illuminating account makes this otherwise terrifying subject inviting and fascinating.
©2016 Caitlin Doughty (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Unforgettable...a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death."(Gavin Francis, Guardian)
"A zingy, fresh and possibly even important book about death...This book might change your life." (Evening Standard)
"Upbeat, brave and brilliantly, morbidly curious...Important and timely." (Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 09-06-17

A New Perspective, thank you!

I laughed, I cried, I learnt and I started to feel at peace with my existence and ever impending doom.
My 96yr old Grandad lives with me, and I have lived in fear of one morning waking to find him dead, my fear of his body and what I would do about getting rid of it asap.
After reading Caitlen's book and watching ALL her YouTube videos, I now feel at ease with death, not fearing of the dead body, and comforted with my new found ability to cope with giving him a good passing. I want to wash him where he lies, dress him in his best suit, and be in no such hurry to push him out of sight.
That embalming be completely unnecessary too.
I feel confident that I can lead my loving family through a hard time.
Thank you, and thank you for sharing your life in this book. You are awesome!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr. R. Mallia on 01-06-17

My first foray into Audible

This is the first book I purchased on Audible. What a great choice. This is really well done and I really love the subject matter and the passion with which the author narrated it. Really happy I chose this book and I look forward to many more.

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By Kelly on 02-09-18

So honest, humorous, real and refreshing.

Wow! Caitlin's understanding, knowledge and perspective on death truely lifts the proverbial shroud! An enjoyable, eye opening read. It is a must read for EVERYONE!

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By Trish on 12-16-17

I’m not afraid anymore

I loved this book - so funny. Make no bones about it there is nothing morbid about it!

I listened by a resort pool and had to move as I was constantly laughing out loud.

Not only is Caitlin Doughty a good writer and super smart she has a killer sense of humour.
Can’t wait until her next book.
Trish




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