September 20, 2011
A new book offers an “Eat, Pray, Love” tour of the end.
Sarah Murray’s father was a no-nonsense atheist who wanted no ceremonial accompaniment to his death. And yet even he was sentimentalist enough to request that his ashes be buried beside friends in a church graveyard in the Dorset, England, countryside he loved.
Day of the Dead SkullsThrough his last wishes, Murray learned something new about her “Fa.” And after he succumbed to cancer, she did more than confront her own mortality; she wondered specifically how to handle the nuts-and-bolts aftermath of her own death. This conundrum, coupled with her penchant for exotic travel, propelled Murray on a series of trips to remote lands to examine a fascinating assortment of funerary rites and mourning rituals.
Read the full review at Obit Magazine
Thanks to the DeathCare Discussion List for altering us to this article.
Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre = How We Dignify the Dead
Sarah Murray (Author)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Release Date: October 11, 2011