Suggested Reading


Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedside of the Dying, by Judith Redwing Keyssar RN, Createspace 2010.

A Beginner’s Guide to the End: How to Live Life to the Full and Die a Good DeathBJ Miller, MD and Shoshana Berger; 2019, Simon and Shuster

Life After the Diagnosis; Steven Pantilat, MD, 2017, Da Capo Press

Dying Well, by Ira Byock, MD, Riverhead Trade, 1998

The Four Things that Matter Most (2004) and The Best Care Possible (2012) by Ira Byock

The Wild Edge of Sorrow; Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, Francis Well, 2015, Random House

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining LifeLouise Aronson, MD; 2019; Bloomsbury Pub

The Four-fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary, by Angeles Arrien, HarperOne 1993

Extreme Measures, Jessica Zitter, MD, 2017, Avery Press

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death; Joan Halifax, 2009;

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi, MD; 2016, Random House

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

The Grace in Dying, by Kathleen Dowling Singh, HarperOne, 1998.

Who Dies, by Stephen Levine, Anchor Books, 1982.

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last, Three Rivers Press, 1998 (any of Stephen Levine’s books)

The Way of Council by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle, Bramble Books, 1996.

Mortally Wounded, by Michael Kearney, MD, Scribner, 1996.

Rituals of Healing, Using Imagery for Health and Wellness, by Jeanne Achterberg, Barbara Dossey, Leslie Kolkmeier, Bantam New Age Books, 1994.

How We Die, Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, by Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

Caring for the Dying, The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death, Henry Fersko-Weiss, Conari Press, 2019

Facing Death and Finding Hope, by Christine Longaker, Doubleday, 1997.

Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Delta/Bantam, 1990.

How Can I Help? by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, Doubleday, 1997.

Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD; Riverhead Books, 1997/2000.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche; Harper, 1993.

The Dying Time; Practical Wisdom for the Dying and Their Caregivers, by Joan Furman and David McNabb, Bell Tower, 1997

The Good Death, by Marilyn Webb, Bantam, 1997.

Caring for Your Dead, by Lisa Carlson, Upper Access, 1998.

How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions that Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives, by Wayne Mueller, Bantam, 1997.

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living and When Things Fall Apart, by  Pema Chodron, Shambhala, 2004/2001

The Four-fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary, by Angeles Arrien, HarperOne 1993

That you May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves, by Richard F. Adress and Hara F. Person, UAHC, 2003.

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive, by Claire Berman, Holt/Owl Books, 2001.

Share the Care: How to Organize a Group Care for Someone Who Is Seriously Ill, by Cappy Capossela and Sheila Warnock, Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2004.