Book Review: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes…”

A brief review of Caitlin Doughty’s 2015 book “Smoke gets in your eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory”, book contains 241 pages.


Caitlin Doughty’s book reveals a window into a world that not many people think about. That of the funeral industry. Caitlin has been hosting the ‘Ask a Mortician’ YouTube Series and is one of the many wonderful individuals behind The Order of The Good Death.

 What I loved about the book

Caitlyn’s work has fascinated me for quite some time, so when she announced her book release, of course I was going to read it, though it took a while for me to finally sit down and get the time. Once I opened the book, I couldn’t put it down. She has kept her voice well and even shows the reader glimpses of some really deep emotions and experiences she has been through. Some of which, were heart breaking. This book did make me cry and put a hand to the mouth in shock at various points. It also made me laugh and seriously consider moving into the funeral industry, until I realized the reality that I would get grossed out by the eyes. But I digress, the insight Caitlin provided in this book is rarely shared, so it was a fascinating and engrossing read.

 What I didn’t love about the book

The bits that made me sad….? But hey it’s a book about a young woman’s work in the funeral industry, so what would you expect?

Final Word on Caitlin Doughty’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…”

This book is essential reading for anyone who is curious about the funeral industry. There are few other eclectic individuals such as Caitlin (and perhaps Paul Koudounaris) that educate in such an entertaining way. The writing style in this book compliments the message Caitlin is trying to get across very well. And I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is after a good read.


5/5 – “Couldn’t put it down, now holds a prized place on the ‘bury me with this tome of awesome’ bookshelf”

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