Ask her anything
From grief to decay to funerary traditions, Caitlin Doughty’s popular web video series tackles the tough questions about death.
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"592","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"253","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] Ask A Mortician, Episode 1 In the series’ inaugural video, Doughty explains the cause and length of rigor mortis and dispels several ghoulish myths about cremation.   [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"598","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"253","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] Ask a Mortician, Episode 2 In four words, Doughty reveals what she wants done with her own remains. The Meow, her retired-from-competition Siamese cat, makes her first cameo.   [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"594","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"253","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] Ask A Mortician: Traditional vs. Natural Burial Doughty explains the primary differences between today’s traditional burial and natural burial, which for centuries was just called burial. She also shrouds the cat.   [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"595","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"253","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] Ask A Mortician: Grief Talk Addressing other people’s grief is hard. In this video, Doughty reviews some of the tacky, saccharine, and awkward ways we try; advises that silence is worst of all; and offers three things that are always safe to say to the grieving.   [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"596","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"253","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] Ask A Mortician: Exploding Caskets With oxygen, the “magic of decomposition” leads to dehydration, Doughty explains. Without it, the body becomes a gaseous bog—thus the grisly, explosive downside to putting a protective casket in a mausoleum.   [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"597","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"253","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] Ecstasy of Decay: The American Corpse In a video outside the Ask a Mortician series, Doughty and friends provide a historical overview of the changing ways Americans have managed death.