Where Have Our Corpses Gone? How America's Death Phobia May Be Hurting Us

Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how that may be bad for our families and communities.

Caitlin Doughty is a Los Angeles-based mortician and founder of The Order of the Good Death, a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists working together to make us, the general “death phobic” public, more comfortable with death and dying.

In this video, Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how most people can go their whole life only seeing a few corpses. And while this may sound like a good thing—I certainly like to live by a fewer-dead-bodies-the-better rule—Doughty brings up an interesting question: Is our “corpse free privilege” doing us harm?