“An Eat, Pray, Love for the afterlife … Murray tackles an uncomfortable subject with sensitivity, humor and great insight Making an Exit raises a host of issues worth thinking about.” Rachel Newcomb, The Washington Post


“A fascinating travelogue, but also a personal meditation on loss and fate. Ms Murray excels in the role of intrepid tour guide. She has an inviting way of taking readers by the hand to explore new cultures and places … there is a wealth to discover within these pages.” The Economist


“Murray handles her subject sensitively; Making an Exit is witty without being frivolous, moving without being mawkish.” Ben Hamilton, Weekend FT


“Brilliant … I was transfixed by this oddly life-enhancing book.” Roger Lewis, Daily Mail


“Her interest in this subject is so keen and wide-eyed, and her writing so fresh, that she almost charms you into forgetting that you’re reading about something that some cultures dread and others welcome. I was so fascinated by this book, in fact, that I read it in one sitting.” Terri Schlichenmeyer, Richmond Times Dispatch


Publishers Weekly

Red star“Difficult to put down. In less capable hands the subject matter might be morbid or disturbing, but with Murray at the helm, this journey in search of death is full of life.” Publishers Weekly


Kirkus Reviews

“A father’s last wishes prompt a memoir examining how humans deal with death and the dead — Murray brings an uncanny eye for detail, incongruity and wit to the narrative.” Kirkus Reviews


Excess Baggage

“Sarah Murray has taken her interest in mortality to the point of necrology! Sarah is a New York-based journalist and author who has travelled extensively in pursuit of her trade, perhaps not more so than for her latest book, Making an Exit, which tells of a series of journeys she made to look at the rites surrounding death and funerals in various parts of the world.” Sandi Toksvig, Excess Baggage, BBC Radio 4



Awards for Making an Exit

Sarah Murray’s Making an Exit is the 2012 winner of the Good Funeral Awards Book of the Year. 


Sarah Murray’s Making an Exit has been nominated for The Quality Paperback Book Club’s 2012 New Visions award for nonfiction. 



Advance Praise for Making an Exit

“In Making an Exit Sarah Murray writes with great tenderness and wit about death and its aftermath.” Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife


“Making an Exit is a travel book of the best and deepest kind. Sarah Murray goes far afield in her fascinating search for the ways we express grief and hope for consolation. But her richest journey is into her own heart, as she mourns her father and thinks ahead to her own death.” Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die


“From Ghana to Bali, Mexico to Sicily, Sarah Murray has travelled the world to find the most wondrous, moving, and surprising departures. This is a fascinating look at our most sacred ritual.” Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy


“There could be no better guide than Sarah Murray – so smart, thoughtful, and wickedly funny – to this remarkable and illuminating exploration of the rituals of dying and burial, both familiar and exotic, aas they are practised around the world.” Richard McCann, author of Mother of Sorrows


“With a keen eye, ready wit, and very big heart, Murray leads us on a Grand Tour of deathcare practises that are celebrations of both the dead and the creative human spirit. Making an Exit will forever change the way you think about death and dying.” Mark Harris, author of Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial


“Her intimate account of the ways death is celebrated and commemorated around the world is exhilarating, insightful, and chock-full of fascinating information.” Penny Colman, author of Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial