Book Report: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes And Other Lessons from the Crematory
What happens to our bodies after we die? This book talks about preparing bodies, funerals, that sort of thing. We've got plenty of taboos around death. E.g., the author figures that leaving your body to science is about the best thing you can do… but the idea grosses her out, so she wants something else done with her body after she dies. (Me, I still want to donate to science, though from this book I learned of some "scientific" uses that aren't so uplifting…) If you don't go around with a layer of makeup on all the time, then you do not want an open coffin viewing thingy after you die—the funeral folks must slap plenty of paint onto you lest you look grosser than Hollywood's grossest zombie.