In a time and age when death seems more commercialized than ever and America more removed from our grief practices than ever, Doughty reminds us there are other ways. For anyone who has a tendency to say Just leave me out in the woods or talks about wishing they could go out Vikings style, Doughty discusses death customs with the ease of any other dinner conversation topic. She sets forth not to make her readers as comfortable with death as she, a mortician, is, but at the very least to convince the death-phobic to examine why they feel the way they feel about death. It is not that death is inherently off putting, but rather that we have been conditioned to approach it in such a sterile, unsentimental manner, and if treating death as a business is something we have been taught, then can we not teach ourselves how to make it into ceremony again? ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost
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