A couple of years ago, I read Caitlin Doughty’s book, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” in which she’d graduated from college with a degree in medieval history and took a job at a crematory, which led to all sorts of odd encounters and bodies of every shape and size. That led her to become a licensed mortician, which led to her new book, “From Here To Eternity,” in which she travels the world to see how other countries and cultures handle the end of life.

Here’s my conversation with her about why she wanted to take this journey, why she feels funerals in the US have become impersonal, the arguments for cremation vs. burial, what she thinks of those Bodies exhibits, and what she wants done with her body when she dies.

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