Ask a Mortician: Is the Funeral Industry a Horrible Pyramid Scheme?

Did you know that about 15% of the American funeral industry is run by large corporations? "Death is a for-profit business," explains our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. Corporate structure sometimes means a funeral director will try to "upsell" products to grieving families. Caitlin's advice: "Know what… » 8/29/13 5:10pm 8/29/13 5:10pm

Ask a Mortician: What Should I Do With My Cat After She Dies?

In the latest episode of Ask a Mortician, our favorite deathxpert, Caitlin Doughty, discusses a subject many of us have had to or will have to tackle at some point: the death of a pet. What are your options when a cat dies? You don't have to let a veterinary clinic take over. You can opt for burial, cremation or… » 3/05/13 5:20pm 3/05/13 5:20pm

Our Favorite Mortician Pleads: Talk to Your Children About Death

In light of recent horrifying events, Caitlin Doughty of "Ask a Mortician" fame offers up some advice about how to speak with children about death. When Caitlin was eight years old, she saw a child die right in front of her. She believes that parents and guardians should be honest about death, and offer simple… » 12/17/12 5:50pm 12/17/12 5:50pm

Ask a Mortician: How Do I Donate My Corpse to Science?

In the new installment of Ask A Mortician, our death-obsessed friend Caitlin Doughty explains that you can't really give your body to science. But you can offer yourself to a medical school. Also, if you want your skull to be a showpiece on someone's mantle someday, there's some advice about that. And be sure to… » 11/27/12 4:20pm 11/27/12 4:20pm

Ask a Mortician: What's the Difference Between a Traditional and a…

Did you know that it's practically impossible to put a naked corpse in the ground? Most cemeteries won't allow it. Our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, explains the difference between traditional burial — the one with the embalming and coffins — and natural burial, which is, you know, natural. Tune in for the… » 10/16/12 5:15pm 10/16/12 5:15pm