Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies


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New York Times Bestseller
Winner of a Goodreads Choice Award
“Funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential.” —Marianne Eloise, Guardian

Everyone has questions about death. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers the most intriguing questions she’s ever received about what happens to our bodies when we die. In a brisk, informative, and morbidly funny style, Doughty explores everything from ancient Egyptian death rituals and the science of skeletons to flesh-eating insects and the proper depth at which to bury your pet if you want Fluffy to become a mummy. Now featuring an interview with a clinical expert on discussing these issues with young people—the source of some of our most revealing questions about death—Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? confronts our common fear of dying with candid, honest, and hilarious facts about what awaits the body we leave behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393358490
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 48,180
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, From Here to Eternity, and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? She is the creator of the web series Ask a Mortician, and the founder of The Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she owns a funeral home.

Table of Contents

Before We Begin xvii

When I die, will my cat eat my eyeballs? 1

What would happen to an astronaut body in space? 5

Can I keep my parents' skulls after they die? 12

Will my body sit up or speak on its own after I die? 19

We buried my dog in the backyard, what would happen if we dug him up now? 25

Can I preserve my dead body in amber like a prehistoric insect? 30

Why do we turn colors when we die? 37

How does a whole adult fit in a tiny box after cremation? 43

Will I poop when I die? 48

Do conjoined twins always die at the same time? 53

If I died making a stupid face, would it be stuck like that forever? 59

Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral? 64

Why don't animals dig up all the graves? 71

What would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated? 77

If someone is trying to sell a house, do they have to tell the buyer someone died there? 83

What if they make a mistake and bury me when I'm just in a coma? 89

What would happen if you died on a plane? 97

Do bodies in the cemetery make the water we drink taste bad? 102

I went to the show where dead bodies with no skin play soccer. Can we do that with my body? 109

If someone is eating something when they die, does their body digest that food? 115

Can everybody fit in a casket? What if they're really tall? 120

Can someone donate blood after they die? 127

We eat dead chickens, why not dead people? 133

What happens when a cemetery is full of bodies and you can't add any more? 138

Is it true people see a white light as they're dying? 145

Why don't bugs eat people's bones? 149

What happens when you want to bury someone but the ground is too frozen? 154

Can you describe the smell of a dead body? 161

What happens to soldiers who die far away in battle, or whose bodies are never found? 167

Can I be buried in the same grave as my hamster? 174

Will my hair keep growing in my coffin after I'm buried? 180

Can I use human bones from a cremation as jewelry? 185

Did mummies stink when they were wrapped? 190

At my grandma's wake, she was wrapped in plastic under her blouse. Why would they do that? 197

Acknowledgments 203

Rapid-Fire Death Questions! 205

An Expert Answers: Is My Child Normal? 209

Sources 215

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