RESOURCES This list is my ever expanding archive of educational materials, resources, and tool

Death Literacy

Being with Dying

  • The Five Invitations - Frank Ostaseski

  • Instructions on Parting  a film by Amy Jenkins

  • Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us how to Live - Marie de Hennezel

  • Final Gifts - Maggie Callahan & Patricia Kelley

  • Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death - Joan Halifax

  • Dying at Grace

  • Living While Dying

Advance Directives : Tools for Getting Started

Planning Guides

  • Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness - Joanne Lynn & Janice Lynch Schuster

  • The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life — Katy Butler

  • The Conversation — Angelo Volandes, MD

    Going with Grace End of Life Planning services

Hospice and Palliative Care

Patient Advocacy


Disposition, Funeral Industry, Green Burial and More

Visionary perspectives

  • Compassionate Cities - Allan Kellehear

  • Standing At the Edge —Joan Halifax

  • Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul - Stephen Jenkinson

  • BJ Miller Ted Talk

  • Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer - Barbara Ehrenreich

views from inside (Hospitals)

  • End game film directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gwande M.D
    Frontline Documentary

  • How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter – Sherwin B. Nuland M.D.

  • Modern Death - Haider Warraich

  • Extreme Measures - Jessica Zitter
    Extremis the short film directed by Dan Kraus

  • Advice for Future Corpses-- Sallie Tisdale

  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door - Katy Butler

Funeral Industry and Alternatives

  • Homegoings a film by Christine Turner

  • Departures, a film by Yôjirô Takita

  • Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, Josh Slocum and Lisa Carlson.

  • Grave Matters: A Journey through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial -- Mark Harris

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And other lessons from the crematory - Caitlin Doughty


  • The Hour of Our Death -- Philippe Ariès

  • Rebellions Mourning: Collective Book of Grief, Cindy Millstein, Ed.

  • Passed On: African American Mourning Stories, A Memorial -- Karla FC Holloway

  • The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains – Thomas W. Laquer

  • From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death - Caitlin Doughty

  • Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader Antonius C. G. M. Robben