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Ask a Mortician – Corpse Poo

A few months ago we posted an article about Caitlin Doughty, a funeral director, creator of OrderofTheGoodDeath.com, and star of the "Ask a Mortician" youtube videos. Caitlin is a rising internet sensation who wants to radically change the way we think about death, dying, and the funeral industry.
She tackles many of the questions most funeral professionals don’t want to touch. Many questions are submitted to her through her twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/TheGoodDeath. The below video tackles the age old question “do dead people poo”. Kudos to Caitlin for answering the questions openly that many funeral professionals won’t!


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  • PatrickBennett

    Two words, Removal Sleeves……..

    • Maddog_77

      Exactly what we need in the business… Not.

  • JDP

    This is not the kind of content that the “elite and forward thinking” want to see or read about…Corpse Poo??? Really?? YT vids from Mortisha-Types, No thank you.

  • Stu Pochivalovola

    I am assuming she was mentioned because she is using “social media,” am I right? An Internet sensation? Wow, maybe she should join the Connecting Directors staff. Seriously, this is not interesting and adds to the negative perception of the funeral industry. Come on, Ryan!

  • I’ll be the voice of dissent here.  She may not be positioning funeral service as “elite” — but is that what the funeral profession is really striving for?  Do you want to be elite — or do you want people/customers/area families to relate to you?

    Sure, she’s pushing the envelope.  But she’s getting people to talk about death.  The more that people get past the taboo about death and talk about it, the more comfortable they’ll be talking to a funeral director about preplanning funeral services.  

    Believe it or not, what she’s doing is a good thing for funeral homes.

    • C.E. Bridges

      Mike, I have to disagree with you on this one. The restroom habits of corpses does not make anyone think, “Hmmm, I need to prearrange my funeral.” 

      • C.E, I think you’re right about that.  But the bigger picture is that the more that people can  openly talk about death and dying (even when the context is pretty out there), the less afraid they’ll be (in the long term) to step into your funeral home until they actually need to plan a funeral.  Just some food for thought…