Smoke gets in your eyes book


    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory [Caitlin Doughty] on Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Cait. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals how the fear of dying warps our society Natalie Kusz, New York Times Book Review.

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    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Book

    During an unforgettable paragraph in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes the mortician . In her book Living With Dying, GP and BMJ columnist Margaret. The latest addition to the genre is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other From the outset of the book, it's clear that Doughty has no intention of. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

    Advances in medical care over the last few decades, and the attendant shift in death from home to hospital, now mean that few of us spend time with those who are dying. We should celebrate our lack of acquaintance with the stench and the agony that, for much of human history, all too often accompanied the last days of life. Still, modern life permits a distance from death and dying that brings its own problems, not least a difficulty in accepting the inevitable, or being able to adequately grieve. As a little girl growing up in Hawaii Doughty was death-obsessed; on teenage work experience at a local hospital she asked to be assigned to the mortuary. She went on to study medieval history, and wrote a thesis about dead babies in witchcraft. She describes the process of embalming in shuddering detail, as well as the importance of a good seal on a cremation-chamber door: Once the body itself has burned, bones are often intact — most jurisdictions insist these be ground in a cremulator before being returned to the family. The intensity of such a life, confronted with the reality of death and an enforced intimacy with the grief of others, deepens her emotions: At Westwind that emotional range was blasted apart, allowing for ecstasy and despair like I had never experienced. Another death-positive campaigner is Brandy Schillace , a cultural historian based in Cleveland, Ohio, whose book opens by lamenting the curtailment of western death culture. In their human-hair brooches and skeleton pendants she finds a message for the modern world: During the Victorian era, doctors began to replace clergy as the familiars of death; Schillace examines how dissecting cadavers became a rite of passage for medical students, and the attendant ways clinical science has sequestered the dying from everyday life. Schillace teaches humanities at the medical school in Cleveland, and is shocked by how much information her trainee doctors have to cram, leaving little time for the literary or historical texts she sets them. End-of-life care is relatively well developed in the UK as opposed to the US, and hospices are consulted and respected for their expertise in providing a good death. There has been a near doubling in life expectancy over the last years.

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    Follow comments Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Thanks for subscribing! Vote Are you sure you want to submit this vote? Submit vote Cancel. Yes we are, and dead-ender Caitlin is happy to help with the cleanup Caitlin Doughty has cooked up a book that is part memoir, part guidebook through the world of what lies beyond, well, the earth-bound part, at least, and part advocacy for new ways of dealing with our remains.

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

    Doughty, a Hawaiian native, is a 6-foot site pixie, bubbling over like some of her clients? Her glee is infectious, in a good way. The bulk of the tale is based on her experience working at WestWind Cremation and Burial in Oakland, California, her first gig in the field. She was 23, had had a fascination with death since she was a kid and this seemed a perfectly reasonable place in which to begin what she believed would be her career.

    Turned out she was right.

    Caitlin Doughty from her site Smoke Gets in your Eyes is rich with information not only about contemporary mortuary practices, but on practices in other cultures and on how death was handled in the past. For example, embalming did not come into use in the USA until the Civil War, when the delay in getting the recently deceased from battlefield to home in a non-putrid form presented considerable difficulties.

    She also looks at the practice of seeing people off at home as opposed to institutional settings. There is a rich lode of intel in here about the origin of church and churchyard burials.

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes : And Other Lessons from the Crematorium

    I imagine churchgoers of the eras when such practices were still fresh might have been praying for a good stiff wind. No Kibby, no smoke monsters here Doughty worked primarily in the cremation end of the biz, and offers many juicy details about this increasingly popular exit strategy.

    But mixing the factual material with her personal experience turns the burners up a notch. Seeing a flaming human skull is intense beyond your wildest flights of imagination.

    Beyond her paying gig, Doughty has, for some time, been undertaking to run a blog on mortuary practice, The Order of the Good Death , with a focus on greener ways of returning our elements back to the source. Would it be wrong to think of those who make use of green self disposal as the dearly de-potted?

    One tidbit from this stream was meeting with a lady who has devised a death suit with mushroom spores, the better to extract toxins from a decomposing body.

    I was drooling over the potential for Troma films that might be made from this notion. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes offers a unique compendium of fascinating information about how death is handled, mostly in America. The book is LOL funny and not just occasionally. You may want to make sure you have swallowed your coffee before reading, lest it come flying out your nose.

    I was very much reminded of the infectious humor of Mary Roach or Margee Kerr.


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