Like Caitlin Doughty, I have been close to death for quite a while. I'm an Oncologist and deal with death on some level daily. I try to get my patients accept their mortality and their close end. At the same time, I am too fascinated by the topic death, because people treat it like something separate from life. Just like Caitlin, I am missing that people confront themselves - while they still are healthy - with the fact, that they gonna die at some point. Other reviewers described the book as refreshing, interesting, and humorous. I agree, but I also think it is more so for somebody who doesn't deal with death on a daily basis. I was probably missing the thought provoking part. I was also missing the closer look at grieving, since the book is more for the left behind family than for the dying. The aim of the book is to shake up the view of death among the readers. I am not sure, that Caitlin achieved it. I feel more wondrous about the American funeral practices.