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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.

Many of those represented here are Canadian and local (Vancouver Island and BC) resources, however the list is ever expanding and will grow to include services and providers in other locations.





The world of Death and Dying is full of wonderful and meaningful resources,
here are a few in each category that you may find most helpful.

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies

Anne McCracken & Mary Semel
The Loss of a Child

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

Sandra Martin
Physician Assisted Death

A Will for the Woods (Documentary)

Clark Wang 
Natural Death & Green Burial 

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

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

Pat Hogan
The Loss of a Child

At the End of Life

Lee Gutkind
The Dying Process

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

Atul Gawande
Medical Side of Death

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

Joan Halifax
Buddhist Teachings

Changing Landscape:Exploring the Growth of Ethical, Compassionate, & Environmentally Sustainable Green Funeral Service

Lee Webster
Green Burial & Natural Death 

Crossings: Caring for Our Own Death - Resource Guide

Beth Knox
Home Funerals

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

Ernest Morgan
Planning & Advanced Directives

Exit Strategy: Thinking Outside the Box

Michelle Cromer
Creative Endings

From The Ashes: My Story of Being Metis

Jesse Thistle 
Hope & Resilience

Going Out Green

Bob Butz
Green Death 

Greening Death

Suzanne Kelly
Green Burial and Natural Death 

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

It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

Mark Wolyn
Transforming Traumatic Legacies 

It's OK to Die

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

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

Michael Newton
Transitional Navigation

Laughing in the Waterfall: A Mother’s Memoir

Marianne Dietzel
The Loss of a Child

Last Wishes: A Funeral Planning Manual and Survivors Guide

Malcolm James & Victoria Lynn
Planning & Advanced Directives

Lessons from the Dying

Rodney Smith
Exploring Death

Lifetimes: The beautiful way to explain death to children

Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
Children – Understanding Death

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan

Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan
Conscious Dying

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

Rabbi Anne Brener
Jewish Mourning

Moving Beyond Loss

Russell Friedman and John W. James
Grief and Loss

My Good Grief

Cindyanne Kershaw

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

Lani Leary and Jean Watson
Caring for the Dying

On Death and Dying

Elisabeth Kubler Ross
Seminal Works

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

Denise Carson
Celebrations and Rituals

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

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Creative Endings

Ritual: Power, Healing & Community

Malidoma Patrice Some 

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

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life

Megory Anderson & Thomas Moore
Celebrations and Rituals

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

Margaret Coberly
Being Present with the Dying

Sign Posts of Dying: What You Need to Know

Martha Jo Atkins
Language of Dying

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

Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

Irvin D. Yalom
Exploring Death

Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers

Earl Grollman
Children – Understanding Death

Talking About Death

Virginia Morris
Being Present with the Dying

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz 
Children & Trauma

The Final Crossing, Learning to Die in Order to Live

Dr. Scott Eberle
Exploring Death

The Four Things That Matter Most

Ira Byock
Conscious Dying

The Needs of the Dying

Michelle Cromer
Creative Endings

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

Starhawk & M. Macha Nightmare
Celebrations and Rituals 

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

Leo Buscaglia
Children – Understanding Death

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

Frank Ostraseski
Living Fully

The Green Burial Guidebook

Elizabeth Fournier 
Natural Death & Green Burial 

The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise

Martin Prechlel

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese
Cancer – Memoir

Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying

Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine
Living Fully

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

Sharon Hartung
Digital Estate Planning 

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