Making an Exit by Sarah Murray

"Murray writes with great tenderness and wit about death and its aftermath."

Journalist Sarah Murray never gave much thought to what might ultimately happen to her remains―until her father died. Puzzled by the choices he made about the disposal of his "organic matter," she embarks on a series of journeys to discover how death is commemorated in different cultures. Her travels lead her to discover everything from a Czech chandelier of human bones and a weeping ceremony in Iran to a Philippine village where the casketed dead hang in caves.

Fascinating, poignant, and often funny, Making an Exit is Murray's exploration of the ways in which we seek to dignify the dead―and a deeply personal quest for a final send-off of her own.