Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

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nephilimhas quoted6 days ago
But it would not be beautiful because death was hidden or denied; it would be beautiful because death would be embraced
nephilimhas quoted24 days ago
“The smell didn’t go away for several weeks and you had the sense you were breathing people,” she said.
Nicolas Palacioshas quoted3 months ago
In bad economies, major cities see a drastic increase in unclaimed bodies, not all of them homeless, or even without a family. A son may have loved his mother, but if his house is in foreclosure and his car repossessed, his mother’s body might shift from relic to burden very quickly
Nicolas Palacioshas quoted3 months ago
Exposing a young child to the realities of love and death is far less dangerous than exposing them to the lie of the happy ending
Nicolas Palacioshas quoted3 months ago
Camille Paglia’s lament: “Human beings are not nature’s favorites. We are merely one of a multitude of species upon which nature indiscriminately exerts its force.”
Nicolas Palacioshas quoted3 months ago
In writing The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford wasn’t trying to improve our relationship with death, she was trying to improve out relationship with the price point. That is where she went wrong. It was death that the public was being cheated out of by the funeral industry, not money. The realistic interaction with death and the chance to face our own mortality
Aurora Marcelinhas quoted5 months ago
The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else.” The fear of death is why we build cathedrals, have children, declare war, and watch cat videos online at three a.m. Death drives every creative and destructive impulse we have as human beings
Aurora Marcelinhas quoted5 months ago
We are all going to die and we know it
Aurora Marcelinhas quoted5 months ago
But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror
Aurora Marcelinhas quoted5 months ago
Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded
zaisacop01has quoted5 months ago
Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded, in the dark as to the realities of death and dying. But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror.
jellybellyhas quoted5 months ago
When Edgar Allan Poe’s love, Annabel Lee, is taken by the chill of death and entombed, the lovelorn Poe cannot stay away. He goes to “lie down by the side, of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea.”

The exquisite, alabaster corpse of Annabel Lee. No mention of the ravages of decomposition that would have made lying down next to her a rancid embrace for the brokenhearted Poe.
jellybellyhas quoted5 months ago
Mother Nature, as Tennyson said, is “red in tooth and claw,” demolishing every beautiful thing she has ever created.
jellybellyhas quoted5 months ago
Death drives every creative and destructive impulse we have as human beings. The closer we come to understanding it, the closer we come to understanding ourselves.
jellybellyhas quoted5 months ago
Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded, in the dark as to the realities of death and dying. But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror.
Daryen Hernándezhas quotedlast year
Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded, in the dark as to the realities of death and dying. But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror
nanda aristiadewihas quoted2 years ago
ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror.
Enzo Sterrohas quoted2 years ago
It will just be even more tragic for someone who is supposed to live until three hundred to die at twenty-two.”
Enzo Sterrohas quoted2 years ago
Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all.
Enzo Sterrohas quoted2 years ago
No matter how much technology may become our master, it takes only a human corpse to toss the anchor off that boat and pull us back down to the firm knowledge that we are glorified animals that eat and shit and are doomed to die. We are all just future corpses.
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