Suggested Reading

All of these titles are available in our Hospice Library.

Care at the End of Life:
Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders – Ann Cason
Coming Home: A Guide to Dying at Home With Dignity — Deborah Douda
The Complete Bedside Companion – Rodger McFarlane
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
— Joanne Lynn, M.D. & Joan Harrold, M.D.

Death and Dying:
Meetings at the Edge: Dialogues with the Grieving and the Dying, the Healing and the Healed
— Stephen Levine
Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying – Stephen Levine
How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter – Sherwin B. Nuland
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs & Communications of the Dying
— Maggie Callahan & Patricia Kelly

General Bereavement Books:
Safe Passage – Molly Fumia (this is a good beginning book)
Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me – Doug Manning
Understanding Mourning, a Guide for Those Who Grieve – Glen W. Davidson
Living With An Empty Chair, A Guide Through Grief – Dr. Roberta Temes
Mourning and Mitzvah – Anne Brener
The Courage to Grieve – Judy Tatelbaum
Seven Choices: Taking the Steps to New Life After Losing Someone You Love
— Elizabeth Harper Neeld, Ph.D

Grieving a Sudden, Traumatic Death:
No Time for Goodbyes: Coping With Sorrow, Anger and Injustice After a Tragic Death
— Janice Harris Lord

The following books have good general information and chapters on specific losses:
Beyond Grief – Carol Staudacher
How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies – Therese Rando

Books Especially for Widowed People:
Companion Through the Darkness – Stephanie Erickson
A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis

Additional Recommended Books:
Men and Grief – Carol Staudacher
Healing Into Life and Death – Stephen Levine
Good Grief Rituals: Tools for Healing – Elaine Childs-Gowell
How to Survive the Loss of a Parent – Lois F. Akner & Catherine Whitney
Part Of Me Died Too: Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children & Teenagers
— Virginia Lynn Fry
When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chrodron