049: What’s a Good Death to You?

In time for Día de los Muertos, Polli and Kate discuss a book about what it means to have a "good death" in many places around the world. Through Caitlin Doughty's From Here to Eternity, they encounter death houses, glowing Buddhas, Snow White-esque caskets, revered Angelitos, and more. Join us on an enlightening and surprisingly uplifting journey. 

Bookish News: Local bookstore owner, Danny Caine, wins Midwest Bookseller of the Year! If you missed our interview with him in an earlier episode, here ya go! Also, check out his brand new zine: How to Resist Amazon and Why

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She Said/She Said: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

We all have different ideas of what makes a "good life" -- different measures of success and accomplishment and happiness. The same goes for what makes a "good death," as Caitlin Doughty points out in From Here to Eternity. Known also for her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory, and more recent Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death, Doughty is a mortician, funeral director, and death acceptance advocate. Polli and Kate talk about "good deaths" and what this means across the globe according to some of Caitlin Doughty's stories. They also talk about their own personal feelings on death and dying, and invite you to do the same in the comments! 

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“Insist on going to the cremation, insist on going to the burial. Insist on being involved, even if it is just brushing your mother’s hair as she lies in her casket. Insist on applying her favorite shade of lipstick, the one she wouldn’t dream of going to the grave without. Insist on cutting a small lock of her hair to place in a locket or a ring. Do not be afraid. These are human acts, acts of bravery and love in the face of death and loss.” ― Caitlin Doughty

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