Caitlin writes like she talks like she posts. I adore this glamazon of a woman who sweeps away the dust and ashes from the old world of death with a beautiful Hawaiian broom and gets stuck in there.
With absolutely no space or desire to shock or provoke, Caitlin, our Magnificent Mortician writes about death in such a way that calms the post mortem waters of our fears, soothes the trembling parents worries about answering those icky or weird questions children ask about the Big D. And they ask a few curly ones....
Death has replaced sex in our culture as the Great Big Unmentionable Subject. Caitlin is bringing it, kicking and screaming by the scruff of the neck ( and us with it) back into the light, in her great books.
Read them all. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Really. Then watch her YouTube Channel. It’s informative, entertaining and well done. If I lived in the States, I would have Caitlin as my Death Doula. The woman is a treasure, she is normalising death, giving it beauty and personal meaning. Taking it away from cookie cutter, hugely costly embalming & expensive casket funerals to home based, family designed and planned eco burials.
Just read the books. You won’t regret it. Thank me later.
Nobody likes to think about mortality, but if you're going to, there are far worse places to start than Doughty. WILL MY CAT EAT MY EYEBALLS? is funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential, revealing not only how little we understand about death, but also how much kids can handle. As to whether or not your cat will eat your eyeballs? You'll just have to read the book to find out - GUARDIANUnforgettable . . . a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death - Guardian on SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Everyone's favourite mortician offers seriously fascinating answers to the questions you have about death but were too afraid to ask - for fans of WHAT IF? and WHY DON'T PENGUINS' FEET FREEZE?