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Book Recommendations

An ever-growing alphabetical list of books we admire on topics surrounding natural deathcare.  Have a suggestion for an addition? We'd love to hear it!

  • A Better Way of Dying: How to Make the Best Choices at the End of Life, Jeanne Fitzpatrick & Eileen Fitzpatrick
  • A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Self Expression & Spiritual Practice,  Nina Wise
  • A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis
  • A Midwife Through the Dying Process: Stories of Healing & Hard Choices at the End of Life, Timothy Quill
  • A Sacred Dying: A Moving Account of One Family’s Transcendence Through Love, Barry Neil Kaufman & Samantha Kaufman
  • A Time to Grieve: Meditations for Healing After Death of a Loved One, Carol Staudacher
  • A Very Easy Death, Simone de Beauvoir
  • A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as if it Were Your Last, Stephen Levine
  • After Death: Mapping the Journey, Sukie Miller
  • After The Ecstasy, The Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, Jack Kornfield
  • Alison’s Gift: A Mother’s Journey ... Song of a Thousand Hearts Open, Pat Hogan
  • Anatomy of the Spirit: Seven Stages of Power and Healing, Carolyn Myss
  • As I Journey On: Meditations for Those Facing Death, Sharon Dardis & Cindy Rogers
  • At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die, Lee Gutkind
  • Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Koshin Paley Ellison
  • Bedside Prayers: Prayers & Poems for When You Rise & Go To Sleep, June Cotner
  • Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  • Beyond Death: Gates of Consciousness, Stanislav & Christine Grof
  • Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality, Thomas Lynch
  • Buddha’s Little Instruction Book, Jack Kornfield
  • Cancer & Faith: Reflections on Living with a Terminal Illness, John Carmody
  • Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death, Henry Fersko-Weiss (INELDA founder)
  • Chalice of Repose: Prescriptive Bedside Music (also video) Theresa Schroeder
  • Changing Landscapes: Exploring the Grown of Ethical, Compassionate & Environmentally Sustainable Green Funeral Practices, Lee Webster
  • Choosing to Die: A Personal Story; Elective Death by VSED in the Face of Degenerative Disease, Phyllis Shacter
  • Coming Home: Guide to Dying at Home with Dignity, Deborah Duda
  • Corpse, Coffins & Crypts: A History of Burial, Penny Coleman
  • Counting on Kindness: Dilemmas of Dependency, Wendy Lustbader
  • Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training, Tom Jokinen
  • Dealing Creatively with Death: A Manual of Death Education & Simple Burial, Earnest Morgan
  • Death Before Dying: Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu, Jamal J. Elias
  • Death to Dust: 707 Pages for Professional and Laypeople, Kenneth V. Iserson
  • Deathing: Intelligent Alternatives for Final Moments of Life, Anya Foos-Graber
  • Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Stephen Jenkinson
  • Dying Unafraid, Fran Moreland Johns
  • Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life, Ira Byock MD
  • Embraced by The Light: Profound and Complete Near Death Experience, Betty J. Eadie
  • Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last, Lee Lipsenthal
  • Everything Starts with Prayer: Mother Teresa’s Meditations, Mother Teresa
  • Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (in Poetry) Victoria Zackheim
  • Experience of a Lifetime: Living Fully, Dying Consciously, Carolyn North
  • Experiencing The Soul: Before Birth, During Life, After Death, Eliot Jay Rosen
  • Extreme Measures, Jessica Zitter
  • Facing Death and Finding Hope: Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, Christine Longaker
  • Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Parable, Leo Buscaglia
  • Final Exit: Practicalities of Self Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, Derek Humphrey
  • Final Gifts: Understanding Special Awareness, Needs & Communication of the Dying, Maggie Callanan & Patrick Kelley
  • Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, Slocum/Carlson
  • Finding Hope When a Child Dies: What Other Cultures Can Teach Us, Sukie Miller
  • Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  • From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, Caitlin Doughty
  • Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest & most Bizarre Funeral Traditions & Practices Ever, Kathy Benjamin
  • Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience, Barbara Karnes
  • Grace and Grit: Spirituality & Healing in the Life & Death of Treya Killam, Ken Wilber
  • Grace in Dying: A Message of Hope, Comfort & Spirit Transformation, Kathleen Dowling Singh
  • Grave Exodus: Tending to our Dead in the 21st Century, Xavier A. Cronin
  • Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry, Mark Harris
  • Greening Death: Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring Our Tie to the Earth, Suzanne Kelly
  • Grieving the Death of a Friend, Harold Ivan Smith
  • H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
  • Handbook for the Soul: A Gathering of Warmth and Wisdom to Nourish Your Soul, Richard Carlson & Benjamin Shield
  • Healing Into Life and Death, Stephen Levine
  • Heaven’s Coast, Mark Doty
  • Hello From Heaven: After Death Communication, Bill Guggenheim & Judy Guggenheim
  • How to go on Living When Someone You Love Dies, Therese A. Rando
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Human Encounter with Death, Stanislav Grof & Joan Halifax
  • I Will Die: A Creative Journal for Mortals, Jessica Featherly
  • I'm Here To Help: Guide For Caregivers, Hospice Workers & Volunteers, Catherine M. Ray
  • In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation For The Living, Nancy Cobb
  • It’s OK to Die, Monica Williams-Murphy & Kristian Murphy
  • Journey of Souls, Michael Newton
  • Journeying East: Conversations on Aging and Dying, Victoria Jean Dimidjian
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, Katy Butler
  • Last Acts of Kindness, Judith Redwing Keyssar
  • Letters to Stephen: A Father's Journey Of Grief & Recovery, James Taylor
  • Living Into Dying: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family & Community, Nancy Jewel Poer
  • Living With Life Threatening Illness: Guide For Patients, Families & Caregivers, Kenneth Doka
  • Love is The Link: Hospice Doctor Shares Her Experience of Near-Death & Dying, Pamela M. Kircher
  • Making Miracles: A Scientists Journey To Death & Back, Paul Pearsal
  • May I Walk You Home? Courage & Comfort For Caregivers Of The Very Ill, Joyce Hutchinson
  • Medicine, Meaning & Prayer, Lary Dossey and Michael Toms
  • Midwife for Souls, Kathy Kalina
  • Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt, Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra
  • Multicultural Celebrations: Today's Rules Of Etiquette For Life's Special Occasions, Norine Dresser
  • My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge & Belonging, Rachel Naomi Remen
  • My Last Wishes ...: A Journal of Life, Love, Laughs & a Few Final Notes, Joy Meredith
  • No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • On Death & Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • On Grief & Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • On Live After Death, Revised, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • On Living, Kerry Egan
  • Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield
  • Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse’s Stories of Dying Well, Janet Wehr
  • Permission to Mourn: A New Way to do Grief, Tom Zuba
  • Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
  • Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations From Around World, Jeff Kane and Larry Dossey
  • Praying Our Goodbyes, Joyce Rupp
  • Profits of Death: An Insider Exposes The Death Care Industries, Darryl J. Roberts
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander
  • Remembering With Love: Messages Of Hope For The First Year Of Grieving, Elizabeth Levang
  • Rituals of Healing: Use Imagery For Health & Wellness, Achterberg, Dossey, Kolkmeier
  • Sacred Passages: How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying, Margaret Coberly
  • Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
  • Share Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill, Cappy Capossela and Sheila Warnock
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Caitlin Doughty
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Mary Roach
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach
  • Still Here, Ram Dass
  • Soul Care for Caregivers: How to Help Yourself While Helping Others, Susanne West
  • The American Way of Death – Revised, Jessica Mitford
  • The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life, Ira Byock
  • The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, Angelo Volandes
  • The Death of Ivan, Llyich Tolstoy
  • The End of Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting w/ & Caring for a Dying Loved One, David B. Feldman
  • The Final Crossing, Scott Eberle
  • The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, Frank Ostaseski
  • The Four Things That Matter Most - 10th Anniversary Edition: A Book About Living, Ira Byock
  • The Giving Tree: A Story, Shel Silverstein
  • The Hour of Our Death, Philippe Aries
  • The Legacy Letters: His Wife, His Children, His Final Gift, Carew Papritz
  • The Measure of Our Days: A Spiritual Exploration of Illness/New Beginning at Life’s End, Jerome Groopman
  • The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Rituals, Blessing, Prayers & Meditations, Starhawk & M. Macha NightMare
  • The Party of Your Life, Erika Dillman
  • The Soul Midwives Handbook, Felicity Warner
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between
  • The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying: New Spiritual Classic Interprets Tibetan Buddhism, Sogyal Rinpoche
  • The Way of Council, Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Cole
  • The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End, Harold Schechter
  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, Francis Weller
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  • To Heal Again: Journey Toward Serenity and Resolution of Grief (colorfully illustrated), Rusty Berkus
  • Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man & Life’s Greatest Lesson, Mitch Albom
  • Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death, Stanislav Grof
  • Unattended Sorrow, Stephen Levine
  • Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala
  • What Dreams May Come, Richard Matheson
  • What is Death?: A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life, Tyler Volk
  • What Really Matters - 2nd Edition: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, Karen Wyatt
  • Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living & Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold S. Kushner
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • When Professionals Weep, Renee Katz & Therese Johnson
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Who Dies: An Investigation of Conscious Living & Conscious Dying, Stephen & Ondrea Levine