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

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory - Caitlin Doughty [Non-fiction] This book is NOT for everybody, but if you can stomach it, it's quite enlightening, and the the anecdotes are entertaining too. Some parts are written tongue-in-cheek, others border on irreverential, but all serve to make a taboo(ish) subject a little less macabre.

I am unfamiliar with the after-death/funerary practices in the United States, so this was quite an eye-opener -- in particular, the difference in practice between the Eastern and Western cultures. Death and funerals are a lucrative 'business', not much difference between the cultures on what the undertakers try to upsell to the bereaved.

Ms. Doughty has a Facebook page called 'The Order of the Good Death.' I learned a good many things from there too. For instance, a pacemaker has to be removed from a body before cremation, otherwise "kaboom!" And that such an incident happened to a French widow who failed to declare that her late husband was equipped with one, and had to pay for damages incurred as a result of the explosion.