I so enjoyed From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, by Caitlin Doughty. I found Caitlin Doughty’s travels to be fascinating on many levels. I enjoyed reading about the varied forms of ‘good death’ that she was witness to.
Rituals and traditions regarding death and taking care of the deceased is often a cultural event. The various countries, cities/towns that Doughty visited to observe these rituals and traditions, and then penned her thoughts, feelings, and experiences during the ‘funerals’, is definitely an important gift to the reader.
The western world is on the genesis of creating new forms of funeral, and burial arrangements, due to the deceased’s wishes. The environment, and the natural world, is being explored more, as a mode for burial, and taking care of our deceased, loved ones, due to their wishes.
Her experiences have given me a more perceptual feeling on death, and how I wish to be taken care of once I have expired. I am a person of sensory substance, in that my senses often guide me to make certain decisions. In my opinion, death should be no exception, as far as sensory awareness is involved.