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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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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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By Amazon Customer on 08-17-17

A great listen!

Recently started watching Caitlin's YouTube videos and was so happy to find that she has written several books.
This books contains the same charm as her videos on YouTube and I am looking forward to listening to more of her work.
Not for the squeamish!

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By Virginia O'Connor on 06-14-18

interesting to listen to..

I listened to this, just after my nephew passed away in an accident. I think it has helped me find some closure that while I was not there in his final moments, I could be there for him to send his body off. Thank you for writing this book.

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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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