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Caitlin Doughty


Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the author of WILL MY CAT EAT MY EYEBALLS? as well as the New York Times bestselling books SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. She is the creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series and founder of The Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los Angeles, where she owns and runs a funeral home, Undertaking LA.

Caitlin Doughty

Books by Caitlin Doughty

by Caitlin Doughty - Nonfiction, Sociology

Everyone has questions about death. In WILL MY CAT EAT MY EYEBALLS?, bestselling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers the most intriguing questions she’s ever received about what happens to our bodies when we die. She explores everything from ancient Egyptian death rituals and the science of skeletons to flesh-eating insects and the proper depth at which to bury your pet if you want Fluffy to become a mummy. Now featuring an interview with a clinical expert on discussing these issues with young people --- the source of some of our most revealing questions about death --- the book confronts our common fear of dying with candid, honest and hilarious facts about what awaits the body we leave behind.

by Caitlin Doughty - Memoir, Nonfiction, Sociology

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world’s funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity. Her account questions the rituals of the American funeral industry --- especially chemical embalming --- and suggests that the most effective traditions are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased.

by Caitlin Doughty - Memoir, Nonfiction

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes.