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Risks of the “Corpse Free Privilege”

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. Doughty asks whether this “corpse free privilege” is doing us harm.

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