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 5:10pm8/29/13 5:10pm

Katy Perry's New Fragrance Bottle Looks Like 'Death Becomes Her' Prop

Katy Perry launched her new fragrance Killer Queen yesterday, and we couldn't help but noticing that the conical bottle—propped up by a small, gold base, giving it a floating effect—looked a lot like the bottle of magical youth serum that Isabella Rossellini sells Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her. If this was an… »5/03/13 4:40pm5/03/13 4:40pm

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 5:20pm3/05/13 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 5:50pm12/17/12 5:50pm

Ask a Mortician: What's the Difference Between a Traditional and a Natural Burial?

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 5:15pm10/16/12 5:15pm