Caitlin Doughty, Author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Discusses Getting People Involved in Death Rituals & the Beauty of a Dead Body on Maria Menounos' Book Circle Online

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Caitlin Doughty, a licensed mortician and the creator/host of the “Ask a Mortician” web series, founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and co-founded Death Salon. In an interview on Maria Menounos' Book Circle Online she discusses getting people involved in death rituals and the beauty of a dead body.

Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and the creator/host of the “Ask a Mortician” web series. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and co-founded Death Salon. Her book is called, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and she came and sat with host Jeff Masters on Maria Menounos' online broadcast network Book Circle Online to promote it.

On getting more people involved:
"I try to get more people involved, because it's incredibly powerful. It's an honor for me to put the person into the flames, but I don't know the person...I think more people should be involved with the cremation and the burial.

On the beauty of a dead body:
"Dead bodies can be really beautiful. Yes, scarey if you're not used to them, but the longer that you're with them, especially if it's someone that you love - the shell of someone that you love - the more comfortable that you will be."

On the gruesome details in the book:
"I made a very specific decision not to pull any punches with the descriptions. The death industry is known for using euphemisms, which are a little unhealthy, and I'd rather go a little too far in the slightly gruesome direction."

The word: Corpse:
"I love the word, 'corpse'."

The full interview is available on iTunes, YouTube, and the Book Circle Online website: http://www.bookcircleonline.com/2014/09/11/caitlin-doughty-smoke-gets-eyes-author-interview/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PAFRJJ_8YA
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-circle-online/id693897960?mt=2

About Book Circle Online:
Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews, and engages fellow fans via social media.

BCO Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter by chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought provoking views.

Book Circle Online can be seen here on the website, on YouTube, or downloaded as a podcast on iTunes.

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