“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living,” Marcus Tullius Cicero once wrote. Caitlin Doughty has spent her life around the dead. A mortician by trade, Doughty, in From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death travels the world to discover how other cultures care for their dead. She goes to Bolivia to see cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls; to Japan to watch relatives of the deceased use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones’ bones from cremation ashes; to Indonesia to watch a man dress his grandfather’s mummified body. Caitlin is joined in conversation with Sonya Vatomsky—Seattle-based author, journalist, and poet who writes about art and death. Together, and with a keen sense of wonder, Doughty and Vatomsky dig deep into death-care innovators who are practicing green burials and composting bodies. The life of the dead is alive, indeed.
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Earlier Event: September 3The Satanic Temple Presents Bibliomancy: Sonya Vatomsky, Janaka Stucky, & Peter Bebergal