Resources 2020-01-05T19:09:20-08:00


Concepts of Death and Dying

Preparing for Approaching Death – signs and symptoms –  Hospice, Nashville, TN

The Stages of Dying and Death – Cliff Notes for Elisabeth Kubler‐Ross’s book (see below)

Seven Common Fears of Dying – excerpt from Donna M. Authers’s book: A Sacred Walk: Dispelling the Fear of Death and Caring for the Dying

Regrets of the Dying – from author Bronnie Ware’s blog; see her book listed below

TED Talk by BJ Miller – What Really Matters at the End of Life

Ted Talk By Judy MacDonald Johnston – Prepare for a Good End of Life

Books (listed by date)

With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial, Kathryn Mannix (2018)

Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss, Bob Deits (2017)

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, Megan Devine (2017)

You Only Die Once: Preparing for the End of Life with Grace and Gusto, Margie Jenkins (2015)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande (2014)

Divine Art of Dying: How to Live Well While Dying, Karen Speerstra, Herbert Anderson (2014)

When Autumn Comes: Creating Compassionate Care for the Dying, Mary Jo Bennett (2014)

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying, Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley (2012)

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, Bronnie Ware (2012)

On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, ‎Ira Byock M.D. (Foreword) (2011)

May I Walk You Home? – Courage and Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill, 10th Anniversary ed., Joyce Hutchison and‎ Joyce Rupp (2009)

The Power of a Broken-Open Heart: Life Affirming Wisdom from the Dying, Julie Interrante MA (2009)

The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith (20th Anniversary ed.) by John W. James and ‎Russell Friedman (2009)

Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life, Maggie Callanan (2008)

A Sacred Walk: Dispelling the Fear of Death and Caring for the Dying, Donna M. Authers (2008)

Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me, Jon Katz (2008) [especially for animal therapy volunteers]

Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life’s Final Chapter, 10th anniversary ed., David Kessler (2007)

Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies, Alan D. Wolfelt PhD (2003)

Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself: The Defining Turning Point of Adult Life, Victoria Secunda (2001)

Dying Well, Ira Byock MD (1998)

Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life, Genevieve Davis Ginsburg (1997)

A Time to Grieve: Meditations for Healing After the Death of a Loved One, Carol Staudacher (1994)

How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies, Therese A. Rando (1991)

Videos / Movies

Alive Inside – a story of Music & Memory – video movie directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett — watch trailer; DVD available on Netflix, to purchase, etc.

SOLACE: Wisdom of the Dying

Wit – movie starring Emma Thompson playing a terminal cancer patient (2001) – watch trailer; DVD available on Netflix