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All that lives must die. These books give a general introduction to death and dying, and the professional field of thanatology.

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  • Handbook For Mortals
    [cover] By Joanne Lynn, M.D., and Joan Harrold, M.D. A comprehensive and authoritative guide to end of life care written for a general audience by a team that includes some of the world's top specialists. You can read the full text of this book for free in our online edition.
  • music speaker iconHeart-to-Heart
    Heart-to-Heart: Caring for the Dying Originally created as three, hour-long audio documentaries for national radio broadcast, this wonderful education resource is now available on CD. It will make a great training tool for hospice volunteers, health care professionals, and anyone else who wants to learn about key issues in end-of-life care in an entertaining, easy-to-absorb format. You can listen to portions of this for free on Growth House Radio's Education Channel.
  • Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America
    book cover In 2005, the Terri Schiavo case galvanized millions to think about end-of-life decision making and question when life ends and how to define a good death. William Colby, the lawyer for Nancy Cruzan, whose 1988 case was one of the first major right-to-die cases, surveys the issues and the state of the law as it is today. You can listen to interviews with author Bill Colby on Growth House Radio's Education Channel.

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Final Gifts
book cover Two hospice nurses show how communication at end of life takes on special meaning.

  • On Death And Dying book cover
    Still a classic, this was the first book by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. It introduced her famous "five stages" model which is still widely quoted.
  • The Four Things That Matter Most
    The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living By Ira Byock. Why wait until we or someone we love is dying to say the things that matter most?
  • When Children Die: Improving Palliative and End-Of-Life Care for Children and Their Families
    book cover Institute of Medicine. An authoritative report on the status of care for the dying child in the United States, with many recommendations on how pediatric palliative care can be improved.
  • Attending The Dying: A Handbook Of Practical Guidelines
    [cover] This concise non-denominational handbook can help chaplains, social workers, hospital-care workers, and friends or family of the dying know what to expect and how to respond to the needs of someone who is acutely dying during visitation or at a vigil.
  • Peaceful Dying
    [cover] A step-by-step guide to decisionmaking at end of life.
  • Sacred Passage
    Author Margaret Coberly, a hospice nurse, shows how to provide fearless, compassionate care for the dying from a Buddhist perspective.
  • Dying Well
    [cover] Dr. Ira Byock, a leading figure in the hospice community, explains how families can find reconciliation and growth when death draws near.
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
    book cover An award-winning look at what death entails on a physical and emotional level.
  • Final Choices
    By Michael Vitez. This book grew out of a five-part newspaper series on end of life care which won a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Michael Vitez. Intended for a general audience, the book helps health care consumers examine tough choices in medical care, hospice alternatives, home care, assisted suicide, and related issues.
  • Social Work Theory and Practice With the Terminally Ill
    A sensitive and practical guide for social workers who want to work effectively with terminally ill clients and their families.
  • Reminiscence Reviewed
    Joanna Bornat. The use of reminiscence and recall has become common in work with older people. This collection of professional essays examines the use of reminiscence therapy and life review in a variety of settings. Includes chapters on the use of reminiscience with persons suffering cognitive deficits such as dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Life Review
    Theory and practice of the process of life review, a therapeutic approach for helping clients make sense of their past.
  • Medicine and Care of the Dying: A Modern History book cover
    Milton Lewis examines how approaches to dying have changed in recent years, reflecting the growth in palliative medicine as a new medical specialty.
  • The Good Death
    book cover Marilyn Webb integrates case studies with analytical chapters on the legal, historical, and social aspects of dying.