“the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.”



As a resource list is dynamic, this one represents only some of the many available providers and may change from time to time.  Resources are listed in no particular order and their inclusion does not represent a recommendation.

I am most familiar with local (Vancouver Island and BC) resources,
but with time the list will grow to include those in other locations. 





The world of Death and Dying is full of wonderful and meaningful resources,
here are a few in each category that my clients have found most helpful.

What Do I Say? Talking with Patients About Spirituality

Elizabeth Johnston Taylor
Being Present with the Dying

Sacred Passage: How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying

Margaret Coberly
Being Present with the Dying

Talking About Death

Virginia Morris
Being Present with the Dying

No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death

Lani Leary and Jean Watson
Caring for the Dying

Being with the Dying, Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Joan Halifax
Buddhist Teachings

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese
Cancer – Memoir

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life

Megory Anderson & Thomas Moore
Celebrations and Rituals

Parting Ways: New Rituals and Celebrations of Life’s Passing

Denise Carson
Celebrations and Rituals

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

Starhawk & M. Macha Nightmare
Celebrations and Rituals 

Lifetimes: The beautiful way to explain death to children

Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
Children – Understanding Death

Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers

Earl Grollman
Children – Understanding Death

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

Leo Buscaglia
Children – Understanding Death

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Joan Halifax
Conscious Dying

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan

Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan
Conscious Dying

The Four Things That Matter Most

Ira Byock
Conscious Dying

The Needs of the Dying

Michelle Cromer
Creative Endings

Exit Strategy: Thinking Outside the Box

Michelle Cromer
Creative Endings

Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Creative Endings

Your Digital Undertaker-Exploring Death in the Digital Age in Canada

Sharon Hartung
Digital Estate Planning 

Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

Irvin D. Yalom
Exploring Death

The Final Crossing, Learning to Die in Order to Live

Dr. Scott Eberle
Exploring Death

Lessons from the Dying

Rodney Smith
Exploring Death

The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise

Martin Prechlel

Moving Beyond Loss

Russell Friedman and John W. James
Grief and Loss

My Good Grief

Cindyanne Kershaw

Undertaken with Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Families and Community Care Groups

Holly Stevens and Donna Belk
Home Funerals

Home Funeral Ceremonies: A Primer to Honour the Dying and the Dead with Reverance, Ligh-heartedness, and Grace

Donna Belk and Kateyanne Unullisi
Home Funerals

Crossings: Caring for Our Own Death - Resource Guide

Beth Knox
Home Funerals

Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing

Rabbi Anne Brener
Jewish Mourning

Sign Posts of Dying: What You Need to Know

Martha Jo Atkins
Language of Dying

The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Frank Ostraseski
Living Fully

Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying

Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine
Living Fully

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande
Medical Side of Death

Going Out Green

Bob Butz
Natural Burial

No One Dies Alone

Dr. Joseph Volpe
Physician – Memoir

A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices.

Sandra Martin
Physician Assisted Death

After I Go, You Should Know

Funeral Consumers Alliance
Planning & Advanced Directives

After I'm Gone: Thoughts, Wishes, Memories & Secrets to Share with Those I Love

Susan Davies
Planning & Advanced Directives

Dealing Creatively with Death: A Manual of Death Education & Simple Burial

Ernest Morgan
Planning & Advanced Directives

Last Wishes: A Funeral Planning Manual and Survivors Guide

Malcolm James & Victoria Lynn
Planning & Advanced Directives

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

Francis Weller and Michael Lerner
Rituals and Ceremony

Rituals for Living and Dying: How We Can Turn Loss and the Fear of Death into an Affirmation of Life

David Fernstein and Peg Elliott Mayo
Rituals and Ceremony

On Death and Dying

Elisabeth Kubler Ross
Seminal Works

Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms

David Kessler
The Dying Process

It's OK to Die

Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy and Kristian Murphy
The Dying Process

At the End of Life

Lee Gutkind
The Dying Process

Laughing in the Waterfall: A Mother’s Memoir

Marianne Dietzel
The Loss of a Child

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies

Anne McCracken & Mary Semel
The Loss of a Child

Alison’s Gift: The Sound of a Hundred Hearts Opening

Pat Hogan
The Loss of a Child

Someone I Love is Dying

Jeanne Sedun
Transitional Navigation

Soul Rescuers: A 21st Century Guide to the Spirit World

Terry O’Sullivan and Natalia O’Sullivan
Transitional Navigation

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

Michael Newton
Transitional Navigation

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