Understanding death and learning about what happens when you die is at the crux of our mission. Here are a few key resources for you to delve deeper into topics such as the dying process, the funeral industry, dealing with tragedy, hospice care, and more. We hope to help bring the death conversation back into everyday life in order to live fully.
"It’s never easy to lose someone you love. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma can be even more difficult, because a family member or close friend may be taken far too soon, bringing a sense of shock with feelings of grief, sadness and even [...]
Caitlin Doughty is out to reclaim death. The Los Angeles mortician, author, and founder of the 'Order of the Good Death' and 'Undertaking LA' speaks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about our society's reluctant relationship to death and how honesty is the cure.
This is an intimate and honest conversation with palliative-care pioneer Larry Librach throughout his own journey from cancer diagnosis to his death in 2013. Librach dedicated his life to helping patients navigate their final stages—with this book, author Phil Dwyer compassionately documents how Librach faced and prepared for his [...]
"We can discover what really matters in our own lives and begin to fulfill our potential and purpose right now, without waiting until our last breaths," says author Dr. Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. "This is the gift left behind by those who have already passed on before [...]
Summary:Brayne's The D-Word is another practical guide to navigating a part of life that can arouse fear, awkwardness, even embarrassment. This in turn can "cause us to shy away from connecting with those who are grieving [...]
Summary:A home-burial movement is getting started in Australia, too. This documentary profiles the work of those trying to reclaim the care of their dead from large funeral businesses who monopolize the industry [...]
Summary:“What is the single most prevalent fear for humans? Death. And what is the single most healing act available to humans? Love. In caring for the dead, we love. As an act of love, we are able to transform our [...]
Summary:StoryCorps—the organization that encourages us to “help create an archive of the wisdom of humanity”—now has an app available through Google Play and the App Store. Go to: https://storycorps.me/
One man recorded an interview he did with himself in hospital after being diagnosed and initially treated for an illness [...]
“Like many Westerners at the turn of the 21st century, my family and I had not had much to do with death,” says author Katherine Ashenburg. “In their 20s, my daughters had four living grandparents. Hannah had been to only two funerals in her life. This was [...]
Prominent critic, poet and memoirist Sandra M. Gilbert explores death and dying after the untimely loss of her husband. She weaves cultural history, her personal experience, literature and current events to examine our relationship with death in the 21st century.