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.
Summary:By their very nature, children are curious and questioning. But how much should they be told if they have received a terminal diagnosis? Barbara Karnes, an RN who has worked with dying children, provides resources to help in those hard and heartbreaking situations [...]
Summary:Whether you are writing your own obituary to leave behind, or one of someone you love, how do you condense an entire life into a small space of words? Modern Loss has tips to help you map that timeline and reflect the person [...]
Communicating End-of-Life Care Wishes With Clinicians and Family
Nursing@Georgetown created a new guide to help individuals with terminal conditions navigate and effectively communicate difficult end-of-life decisions to their family and clinicians. This comprehensive resource includes a list of questions patients can ask physicians about end-of-life decisions and a PDF worksheet [...]
Summary:Good Ground Great Beyond is 63 acres of land in Midcoast Maine available for individuals and communities to contemplate, remember and engage death differently. The intention for the land is to become a contemplative community sanctuary, memorial park and scattering garden and space for [...]
If you have never experienced watching someone die, you might not know what to expect. This article from HelloCare walks us though the stages that lead to death . Here's what happens in the days before you die
Many of us become distracted by the pressures of work, the expectations of others and the demands of every day commitments.
But nothing can change your priorities quicker than being faced with your own mortality. Bronnie Ware has seen this many times in her role as palliative caregiver. As she spent [...]
TalkDeath.com features their 7 top death films.
While death in the 20th/21st centuries has often been relegated to the realm of our private lives, never meant for public display, cinema has acted as the mirror to the realities of our desire to make death known to us.
CINDEA is a Canadian-based organization, which respects the wisdom of ancient death traditions and encourages the renewal of older death practices that are appropriate to our modern-day life. In the past, communities cared for their own dying folk; and creatively adapted, that approach to death is still an option available [...]
"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 [...]