By Sarah Murray
Thoughtful, a laugh, and provocative, Making an Exit will remodel how you examine life's final passage. simply because, as Murray discovers, dying is, for lots of, no longer an finishing however the begin of whatever new.
Author and journalist Sarah Murray by no means gave a lot idea to what may well finally ensue to her remains—that used to be, till her father died. whereas he'd continually insisted that the "organic topic" left after someone takes their final breath had no importance, he shocked his family members by way of environment down complex preparations for the scattering of his personal ashes. This unforeseen final request triggered Murray to embark on a chain of voyages to find how our finish is venerated round the globe—and how we technique our personal mortality.
Spanning continents and centuries, Making an Exit is Murray's exploration of the intense creativity unleashed after we search to dignify the useless. alongside the way in which, she encounters a cremation in Bali within which royal personages are positioned in massive ornamental bulls and consigned to the afterlife in a burst of flames; a chandelier within the Czech Republic made totally from human bones; a weeping rite in Iran; and a Philippine village the place the casketed lifeless are left placing in caves. She even is going to Ghana to fee her personal delusion coffin.
The debts of those trips are attention-grabbing, poignant, and humorous. yet this can be additionally a really own quest: on her travels, Murray is looking for thought for her personal eventual send-off.