Caitlin Doughty has been in the funeral industry for eight years, serving both the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles. In addition to her years as a mortician, she has taken up the cause of our modern discomfort with death, and travels the world speaking on the history of death culture, rituals, and the funeral industry.
In 2011, Caitlin founded the Order of the Good Death, a death acceptance collective that has been featured everywhere from NPR to the BBC to the LA Times. She produces a webseries, "Ask a Mortician," and wrote a book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, which is a New York Times bestseller.
Undertaking LA is the culmination of years of advocating for family involvement in funerals.
Amber Carvaly is a California native. After graduating with a degree in Women's Studies, Amber worked serving the homeless and indigent population of Los Angeles at the Downtown Women's Center. While there, she ran various volunteer groups and helped promote a healthy education about the homeless and poverty issues in L.A.
Amber later enrolled in Cypress College of Mortuary Science and received her second degree. She worked as an apprentice embalmer at one of the larger funeral homes in the Los Angeles area, but found that it lacked the personal interaction and support she felt the families deserved. She reached out to Caitlin to discuss how she could find a better way to fulfill her goals in the industry and life, and the rest is Undertaking LA history.