This week’s issue of The New Yorker features a lengthy profile by Rebecca Mead on the rise of female morticians, with a special focus on Ask a Mortician’s Caitlin Doughty (whose work has been featured on Jezebel several times). The article—like much of Doughty’s work—got me thinking a lot about what I want to have…
Having your pet euthanized at home is more expensive, but for our favorite deathxpert, Caitlin Doughty, it was important, when her Siamese cat was sick with cancer: "If I had to do it again, a thousand times, I would choose this, every time."
So… Necrophilia. Wow. Our favorite mortician Caitlin Doughty calls it "Grade A transgressive stuff."
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Caitlin Doughty of Ask A Mortician fame (yes, FAME) visited Mike Zohn at Obscura Antiques in New York City's East Village to "shop" for "gifts." Carved skulls, sea roaches, diaphonized rats and dental articulators ahoy!
Caitlin Doughty, our favorite mortician, weighs in on Viking funerals. You might like boats, and you might like fire, and you might want your corpse to set sail in a boat that's on fire, but apparently, if you do so, you will be breaking a bunch of laws.
If you were alive and on the internet yesterday, you're already familiar with the very latest in Tumblr cringe porn:"Selfies at Funerals." Created by Brooklyn-based editor Jason Feifer, "Selfies at Funerals" combines two things Americans loathe (self absorbed teenagers & funerals) to brilliant effect.
Here's our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, hanging out with the simply sickening Laganja Estranja and talking death, Bette Midler, hooker makeup and what music they'd like to have played at their funerals.
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…
Yay! Our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, is back with a new episode of Ask a Mortician. This time, she explains miasma theory and why your loved ones don't technically need to be embalmed after death.
In the new edition of Ask A Mortician, our death-obsessed friend Caitlin Doughty visits Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.
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…
In the latest edition of Ask A Mortician, our death-obsessed buddy Caitlin Doughty answers questions about artificial nails, mortuary eye caps, Mozart's corpse and getting away with murder.
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…
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…
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!
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…
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!
In this episode of Ask A Mortician, our favorite deathxpert, Caitlin Doughty, tackles Shit People Say To Grieving People That Is Wrong. For instance, you probably should not say "look on the bright side."
In this episode of Ask A Mortician, our favorite death-obsessed lady, Caitlin Doughty, explains the magic of decomposition, and how, if you want to, you can turn a dead body into an explosive device.
This week, our pal Caitlin returns with episode six of Ask A Mortician, and declares: "Here's the thing about zombies: I don't care for them." Special guests in this clip include a vulture, a puppet, some maggots and Caitlin's mom.