Suggested Reading


Anderson, Megory, Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life, Marlowe & Co., 2003.
— Helps patients and families find and express their individual spirituality.

Baines, Barry K., Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper, DaCapo Press, 2006.
— Guidance and examples of documents that express our values and hopes as a gift to those
we leave behind.

Beresford, Larry, The Hospice Handbook, Little Brown, 1993.
— Tells you exactly what to expect when hospice enters your life.

Brady, Mark, Ed., The Wisdom of Listening, Wisdom Publications, 2003.
— Essays on how listening well can transform situations and lives.

Brown, Rebecca, Gifts of the Body, HarperCollins, 1994.
— A fictionalized account of her experiences as a patient care volunteer.

Byock, Ira, Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life, Penguin, 1997.
— A hospice pioneer gives a classic statement of the hospice vision, using case histories.

Callanan, Maggie and Patricia Kelley, Final Gifts, Bantam, 1992.
— Many terminal patients enjoy something similar to near death experiences in their last weeks of life.

Caposela, Cappy and Sheila Warnock, Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill, Simon & Schuster, 2004.
— A practical, detailed handbook on how to provide support for someone facing a major health crisis.

Dass, Ram and Paul Gorman, How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service, Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
— Volunteers must look into their motives for serving in order to be effective and find lasting satisfaction.

DeSpelder, Lynn Aim & Albert Lee Strickland, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
— Basic text on different cultural approaches to death and bereavement.

Doka, Kenneth J., Living With Life-Threatening Illness: A Guide for Individuals, Families and Caregivers,Jossey-Bass, 1998.
— Large and rather expensive handbook recommended by several hospice organizations.

Jones, J. Phillip, Light on Death: The Spiritual Art of Dying, Mandala Publishing, 2007.  
— Gives a positive and empowering perspective on the dying phase of life as an opportunity for growth, the last rite of passage.

Holder, Jennifer Sutton, and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Parting: A Handbook for Spiritual Care Near the End of Life, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2004.
— Helps family, friends, and volunteers talk about a patient’s spiritual and emotional responses to dying.

Kessler, David, The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life’s Final Chapter, (originally The Rights of the Dying), HarperCollins, 1997.
— Simple, straightforward account of the basic principles of hospice care sprinkled with celebrityanecdotes.

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth, On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Families, Scribner, 1969.
— The original and most influential book on the psychology of dying.

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth and David Kessler, On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss, Scribner, 2005.
— Explores the parallels between the experience of the dying and those of the grieving.

Kuhi, David, M.D., What Dying People Want, Practical Wisdom for the End of Life, Public Affairs, 2003.
— Focuses on how to help patients tell their story and communicate with loved ones and medical professionals.

Lattanzi-Licht, Marcia, The Hospice Choice: In Pursuit of a Peaceful Death, Fireside, 1998.
— A best-selling handbook for patients and their families.

Lesser, Elizabeth, Broken Open:  How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, Villard., 2005.
— Explores positive life change that can emerge from very difficult life events.

Levine, Stephen, Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, Anchor, 1992.
— Buddhist perspective on acceptance of death.

Miller, James E. and Susan C. Cutshall, The Art of Being a Healing Presence, A Guide for Those in Caring Relationships, Willowgreen Publishing, 2001.
— Written for volunteers and others who are compassionate listeners for the dying.

Nichols, Michael P., The Lost Art of Listening, Guilford Press, 1995.
— Excellent book on listening skills and the importance of being a good listener.

Nuland, Sherwin B., How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, Vintage Books, 1993.
— Best-selling account of exactly how a body shuts down, using the six most common causes of death and the doctor’s personal experiences.

Polce-Lynch, Mary, Nothing Left Unsaid: Creating a Healing Legacy with Final Words and Letters, Marlowe, 2006.
— Similar the Baines’ Ethical Wills, this book details how letters can leave a legacy and/or commemorate key moments in a life.

Remen, Rachel Naomi, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, Riverhead, 1997.
— Remen, a pediatrician, spent 20 years counseling cancer patients and their families.

Singh, Kathleen Dowling, The Grace in Dying: How We are Transformed Spiritually as We Die, Harper San Francisco, 1998.
— A long-time hospice worker argues that dying is an important, and possibly joy-filled, spiritual journey.


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