Death Becomes Her: New York Times Bestselling Author, Caitlin Doughty, Visits Denver

“Accepting death doesn't mean you won't be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Why is this happening to me?" Death isn't happening to you. Death is happening to us all.”
― Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Caitlin Doughty thinks a lot about death. She also thinks and writes about our relationship to death and how we grieve and how we relate to the dead. As a mortician, she has been observing the American customs centered around death acceptance for many years. Her groundbreaking book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, charted on the New York Times bestseller list -- a telling indication that we are all curious about death and would like to be more comfortable with it.

Denver Public Library invites you to get more comfortable with the topic when Caitlin visits for her book talk this month. 

Funereal: Meet Caitlin Doughty, Author of the bestseller, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Friday, June 26, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center

Caitlin Doughty writes about the rituals and customs surrounding death. Her recently published book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, has garnered enthusiastic notices from reviewers and readers. Doughty is currently working on her second book and on a mortuary project that is close to her heart. Mixing humor with storytelling and cultural asides, she is an engaging speaker who makes talking and thinking about death more accessible and even joyful. Caitlin Doughty puts the fun in funereal. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Watch Episode 1 of Caitlin's popular web show, Ask a Mortician: 


Written by Chris on June 15, 2015


Janet a on June 23, 2015


I have read your book and follow most of your posts . Its about time someone informs about death!! I have never been afraid to die , only want it to be as natural as possible. Thought os swimming . NO SEA CREATURES PLEASE, Lake would be good until i went under with a divers flag. But i hate to leave a blotted mess, I guess sea creature would be better!! Your on to something … thanx Janet A

Bennie on December 13, 2015


Just got though reading your book Smoke Get In Your Eyes Great book. When is your next book coming out? Great book.

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