Books on death and dying, grief, and caregiving


FACING DEATH AND FINDING HOPE has been used as an essential handbook for those facing life-threatening illness, their families, and medical professionals working in hospice and palliative care throughout the world. 

Those experiencing the loss of a loved one have found understanding, solace, and and valuable insights and methods for healing their grief.



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Below are a few treasures I highly recommend

From Georgetown University Nursing School: discussing with loved ones their values and preferences for end-of-life care decisions – a wonderful guide for asking the right questions:

Communicating End-of-Life Care Wishes With Clinicians and Family

The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death can Teach Us About Living Fully

by Frank Ostaseski

Frank has spent decades by the side of those facing death at the Zen Hospice in San Francisco – both giving and receiving support and love. He wisely shows us how to live with meaning and grace in the light of our own mortality.

Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality

by Judith Lief

The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work

by Cheryl Giles and Willa Miller

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of death

by Joan Halifax

The Art of Being a Healing Presence: A Guide for those in Caring Relationships

by Susan Cutshall and James Miller

The Four Things That Matter Most

by Ira Byock, MD

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying

by Maggie Callanan, and Patricia Kelley

Readers and caregivers are relieved to understand how those who are dying might be perceiving and communicating on deeper levels that are unfamiliar to their loved ones.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

A bestseller about medical care and what’s important at the end of life.

I’m Here to Help: A Guide for Caregivers, Hospice Workers, and Volunteers

by Catherine Ray

Excellent advice for those who work in the caregiving fields.

The Courage to Grieve: Creative Living, Recovery and Growth Through Grief

by Judy Tatelbaum

This book taught me all the things about grief I wish I’d known at the start of my own journey.

No Time to Say Good-bye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One

by Carla Fine

One of the most informative and supportive books for those who have survived a suicide and a sudden death, written by a survivor herself.



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