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There are many ways to deal with death and burial, as well as to mourn and show respect. There is no one way, and it is OK.
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2017
Caitlin Doughty is a big thinker and a great writer. With her wicked sense of humor she has an uncanny ability to guide readers (and viewers of her short videos) past squeamish curiosity into new, thoughtful views: Hey! We aren’t the only ones mourning here. There is no single way to do this. And there are myriad deeply-held beliefs about how we deal with a dead body; how we behave around it, how we treat it or don’t treat it. How some individuals are comforted by long-held, elaborate physical or spirituals rituals, or how many are relieved to be free of the burden of the shell, or may even be frightened in its presence.
With Doughty’s voice and the influence of her and writers like her, there is a chance in our lifetimes to clear our psyches and sense of obligation, and to think clearly: What do I want? What do I want for my loved ones? It is not necessary, it is not more hygienic, meaningful or respectful to continue with the traditional American ways of death or burial. There are many paths and it’s OK.