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

Death and Candy: A Special Halloween Edition of Ask a Mortician

Happy Halloween! Our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, would like to talk to you about the morbid origins of the holiday. As you munch on peanut butter cups, consider death, Samhain and bonfires. And follow Caitlin on Twitter! » 10/29/12 7:00pm 10/29/12 7:00pm

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

Ask a Mortician: Do Funeral Homes Dissolve Bodies in Acid?

Hey looky here, it's a new episode of "Ask a Mortician," in which our favorite death-obsessed lady, Caitlin Doughty, explains what happens during liquid cremation — alkaline hydrolysis, to be exact. In sounds kind of fancy: There's a silk bag involved! » 8/30/12 4:45pm 8/30/12 4:45pm

Our Favorite Mortician Takes Us On A Hollywood Death Tour

Los Angeles is full of beautiful homes, many of which have served as the backdrop for glamorous lives… and tragic deaths. Mortician Caitlin Doughty takes us on a little jaunt around Hollywood to see the houses where luminaries like Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Vincent Price, Sammy Davis Jr. and F. Scott Fitzgerald … » 12/21/11 7:00pm 12/21/11 7:00pm

Our Favorite Mortician Explains Cremation, Beastly-Sounding 'Bone…

Caitlin, the fun, friendly, female mortician we heard from last week returns with the second installment of her "Ask A Mortician" video series. This week, she answers a question about cremation — using the creepy/cool words "bone blender" — and also shares what she would like to have happen to her body after she dies. » 11/10/11 6:45pm 11/10/11 6:45pm