Ask a Mortician - Caitlin Doughty #146


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Caitlin Doughty — mortician, author and death acceptance advocate — joins us for a candid and humorous exploration of our mortality. Caitlin is on a mission to help our death-phobic society overcome anxieties about death and make death a part of life. She sheds light on all areas of death and the dying process in her popular Youtube channel “Ask a Mortician” and New York Times best-selling book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and co-founded Death Salon. She also runs Undertaking LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit progressive funeral home that empowers families to have a closer relationship with their loved one’s death.

In this episode, Caitlin guides us through our rights — post mortem — and encourages us to consider a question not many are prepared to face: How would you like to die? Throughout our human history, families were responsible for the care of their own dead; the practice of transferring death care to a funeral home is a relatively new custom. Caitlin illuminates the non-funeral home & natural death care options that are available to us — at-home funerals, embracing decay, death doulas, natural burials and conservation cemeteries. Empower yourself to embrace the natural process of death and meaningfully interact with the dying process.

Episode Breakdown:
  • Show Introduction:
    • SurThrival Pine Pollen Sale, upcoming product teaser & I'd Rather Hunt + Gather t-Shirts
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Eating groundhog, roadkill deer and more!
    • Q&A: The sustainability of hunting for 7.5 billion people
  • Introducing Caitlin Doughty
  • How Caitlin become enamored with the post mortem aspect of anatomy
  • Theory and practice
  • What is the common response to humor about death?
  • The civilizing of civilization — what’s contributed to our fear and avoidance of death
  • Caitlin’s exploration into the death rituals of cultures around the world
  • Conservation cemeteries
  • Death doulas, the non-funeral home experience and death acceptance
  • The legalities of handling a dead body
  • Immaturity about death
  • Elders vs orders
  • How Caitlin would like to die
  • Caitlin’s prognosis for the future of the human species

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