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 ( – 2 CD audio book




Peacefully Prepared                


Hospice Foundation of America

The Conversation Project      


Five Wishes                              (user-friendly advanced directives and assistance)




Death Over Dinner                 


The Death Café                      


Ever Plans                                 (assistance with personal organization)


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

Best Endings                             (end of life preparation)

Life Matters Media                   (end of life decision making)

The Order of the Good Death 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.




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, Aug.2, 2012 / The Conversation That Matters Most and The Best Possible Day (in 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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