Books


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Nora’s Top Ten Books

Caring for the Dead:
Your Final Act of Love

by Lisa Carlson

Dealing Creatively With Death:
A Manual of Death Education
and Simple Burial

by Ernest Morgan and Jennifer Morgan

Grave Matters –
A Journey Through
the Modern Funeral Industry

by Mark Harris

Lifetimes – The Beautiful Way
to Explain Death to Children

by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

Sacred Dying – Creating Rituals
for Embracing the End of Life

by Megory Anderson
and Thomas Moore

The American Book of Dying –
Lessons in Healing and Spiritual Pain

by Richard F Graves and
Henriette Ann Klauser

The American Way of Death – Revisited
by Jessica Mitford

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying –
Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings
and Meditations on Crossing Over

by Starhawk and M. Macha NightMare
and the Reclaiming Collective

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche, Patrick D. Gaffney, and Andrew Harvey

Saying Kaddish:
How to Comfort the Dying,
Bury the Dead and Mourn as a Jew

by Anita Diamant

Nora’s Library and Suggested Reading

Another Country-Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders, Mary Pipher
PhD, Riverhead Books

Before I Go-You Should Know My Funeral and Final Plans
, Funerals.org

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Blessings, Prayers and Declarations for a Heartfelt Life, Julia Cameron, Jeremy P Tarcher/Putnam of Penguin Publishing

Caring for Patients of Different Cultures by Geri-Ann Galanti


Close to the Bone-Life Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey-Revised
, Jean Shinoda Bolen MD, Conari Press

Choices at the End of Life-Finding out What Your Parents Want Before its Too Late, Linda Norlander RN MS and Kerstin McSteen RN MS,, Fairview Press

Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies-A Guide for Families, Alan Wolfelt PhD, Companion Press

Death Warmed Over-Funeral Food, Rituals and Customs from Around the World,
Lisa Rogak, Ten Speed Press

Don’t Ask for the Dead Man’s Golf Clubs-or What to do and What Not to Say when a Friend Loses a Loved One, Lynne Kelly, Workman Publishing

Farewell Godspeed-The Greatest Eulogies of Our Times, Cyrus M Copeland, Harmony Books

Final Crossing-Learning to Die in Order to Live, Scott Eberle, Lost Borders Press

Final Exit-The Practicalities of Self Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, Derek Humphrey, Dell Publishing

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

Final Victory, Taking Charge of the Last Stages of Life and Facing Death on Your Own Terms, Thomas Preston MD, Prima Publishers

Five Wishes, Aging with Dignity.org/5wishes

For Praying Outloud-Infterfaith Prayers for Public Occasions, L Annie Foerster, Skinner House Books

Glimpse After Glimpse, Daily Devotions on Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

Good Grief Rituals-Tools for Healing-A Healing Companion, Elaine Childs-Gowell ARNP, PhD, Barrytown Station Hill Press

Here I am God; Where are You? Prayers and Promises for Hospital Patients, John M. Robertson, Tyndale House Publishing Inc.

How to be a Perfect Stranger-Volume 1 Guide to Etiquette in Other Peoples Religious Ceremonies, Arthur J Magida and Stuart M Matlins, Skylight Paths

How We Die-Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, Sherwin Neeland, A Fred A. Knoff, Inc Publication

I Died Laughing- Funeral Education with a Light Touch, Lisa Carlson, Upper Access

In Lieu of Flowers-A Conversation for the Living,
Nancy Cobb, Pantheon Books
Midwifing Death – Returning to the Arms of the Ancient Mother, Leslene della-Madre, Plain View Press

On Grief and Dying-Understanding the Souls Journey, Diane Stein, Crossing Press

Pain Management at the End of Life-Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice, Kenneth J. Doka, Hospice Foundation of America, hospicefoundation.org

Readings for Remembrance- A Collection for Funerals and Memorial Services,
Eleanor Murio, Penguin Publishing

Remember Me-A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death, Lisa Takeuchi Cullery, Harper Collins

Sacred Passage: How to Provide Fearless Compassionate Care for the Dying by Margaret Coberly

Spirituality, Health and Healing by Caroline Young

Spirituality in Nursing-From Traditional to New Age, Barbara Stevens Barnum, Springer Publishing

The Four Things that Matter Most-A Book About Living, Ira Byock MD, Free Press

The Jewish Hospice Manual-A Guide to Compassionate End of Life Care
for Jewish Patients and Their Families, Rabbi Maurice Lamm DD and Barry M Kinzbrunner MD, National Institute for Jewish Hospice & Vitas Hospice Care

The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning (Revised and Expanded Edition), Maurice Lamm, Jonathan David Publishers

The Last Adventure of Life: Sacred Resources for Transition by Maria Dancing Heart

The Link Between Religion and Health by Harold Koening and Harvey J Cohen

The Long Goodbye, William Colby, Hay House Publishing

The Next Place, Warren Hanson, Waldman House Press (Children)

The Oxford Book of Prayer (Oxford Books of Prose),
George Appleton, Oxford Press

The Perfect Strangers Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices-A Guide to Etiquette in Other Peoples Religious Ceremonies, Stuart M Matlins, Starlight Paths Publishers

The Sacred Art of Dying-How World Religions Understand Death,
Kenneth Kramer, Panelist Press

The Illustrated Tibetan Book of the Dead-A New and Strikingly Illustrated Translation of the Ancient Tibetan Masterpiece,
Stephen Hodge, Sterling Publishers

Stiff-The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,
Mary Roach, WW Norton & CO

The Shamanic Guide to Death and Dying by Kristin Madden


Thin the Veil,
Penelope Ann Thomas, Book Surge

What Dying People Want to Know-Practical Wisdom for the End of Life
, David Kuhl, MD, Public Affairs Press

What is Death?
Etan Boritzer, Veronica Lane Books

When You Know You are Dying-12 Thoughts to Guide you Through
, James E Miller, Willowgreen Publishing

Women Pray-Voices Through the Ages from Many Faiths, Cultures and Traditions, Monica Furlong, Skylight Paths Publishing

The Natural Death Handbook 4th Edition Revised and Expanded, edited by Stephanie Wienrich and Josefine Speyer of The Natural Death Centre, UK

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