ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED BOOKS, FILMS & WEBSITES

 

 

 

 

BOOKS

 

Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth–A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook by Tulku Thondup

 

Dying with Confidence by Anyun Rinpoche

 

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

 

The Tibetan Book of the Dead by Fremantle and Trungpa

 

Natural Liberation by Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, trans. B. Alan Wallace

Padmasambhava’s Teachings on the Six Bardos

 

Transcending Madness by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (on the Six bardos)

 

The Bardo Guidebook by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

 

Phowa Commentary by Chagdud Khadro

 

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron

 

Living in the Face of Death – The Tibetan Tradition by Glenn H. Mullin (An overview of nine short Vajrayana teachings on preparing for death.)

Contemplative Care by Lama Willa Harvard (teaches at Harvard)

Being with Dying by Joan Halifax

One Year to Live by Stephen Levine

 

Preparing to Die by Andrew Holecek

The Art and Science of Caregiving–Stories of Inspiring Elders with an End of Life Handbook by Annelise Schinzinger

 

Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks–Stories from the Bedside of the Dying by Amita Lhamo

 

Graceful Exits ~ How Great Beings Die–Death Stories of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen Masters by Sushila Blackman

 

Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande 

Extreme Measures by Dr. Jessica Zitter

Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley

 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanitha

 

Changing the Way We Die by Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel

 

When Someone Dies by Scott Taylor Smith

 

The Grace of Dying by Kathleen Dowling Singh

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

 

A Book of Hours by Kevin Young (A personal account of his father’s death.)

 

The Art of Losing – Poems of Grief and Healing by Kevin Young

 

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes (A personal account of his wife’s death.)

 

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (A personal account of his death- short & powerful.)

 

The Smell of Rain on Dust–Grief and Praise (bereavement support)

 

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (advocating for the reform of Western funeral industry practices)

 

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty (death practices around the world)

 

Graceful Passages (gracefulpassages.com) – 2 CD audio book

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

Peacefully Prepared                          peacefully-prepared.com

 

Hospice Foundation of America     https://hospicefoundation.org/End-of-Life-Support-and-Resources

The Conversation Project                www.theconversationproject.org

 

Five Wishes                                       fivewishes.org (user-friendly advanced directives and assistance)

 

Deathwise                                          http://deathwise.wpengine.com

 

Death Over Dinner                           www.deathoverdinner.org

 

The Death Café                                http://deathcafe.com

 

Ever Plans                                          everplans.com (assistance with personal organization)

 

My Directives                                    mydirectives.com (assistance with filling out end of life paperwork)

Best Endings                                      bestendings.com (end of life preparation)

Life Matters Media                            lifemattersmedia.org (end of life decision making)

The Order of the Good Death         orderofthegooddeath.com founded by LA Mortician, Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty is an American mortician, author, blogger, and YouTube personality known for advocating death acceptance and the reform of Western funeral industry practices. She is the creator of the web series "Ask a Mortician", founder of The Order of the Good Death, and author of the bestselling books Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory, published in 2014 by W.W. Norton and Company, and From Here to Eternity.

 

FILMS

 

Tibetan Book of the Dead – Narrated by Leonard Cohen – 2 parts

 

Facing Death – PBS Documentary (highly recommended by Clear Light Institute)

 

Being Mortal – with Atul Gawande - “Nightline” documentary

and YouTube / ARTICLES: Letting Go: What Should Medicine Do When It Can’t Save Your Life? (in newyorker.com, Aug.2, 2012 / The Conversation That Matters Most and The Best Possible Day (in www.atulgawande.com under “articles”) 

 

Extremis with Dr. Jessica Zitter can be streamed on Netflix

 

Death Redesigned–BJ Miller on Palliative and Contemplative Care – on YouTube

Departures by Yōjirō Takita

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