Being With Dying

Joan Halifax, Being With Dying, Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Face of Death, 2009, Shambala, Boston. A Buddhist approach to living with dying, wisdom, contemplation and practical advice for coping and acceptance.

Intimate Death

Marie de Hennezel, Intimate Death – How the Dying Teach Us How to Live, 1998, Vintage Books, New York, NY. The author recounts her experiences as a psychologist for the terminally ill. This is another useful and tender resource for those who are with people as they are dying.

Final Gifts

Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley, Final Gifts – Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying, 1992, Bantam, New York, NY. Written by two hospice nurses, a useful and inspirational guide for being with those who are dying.

Mind of Clear Light

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., Mind of Clear Light – Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously, 2003, Atria Books, New York, NY.  As much about living as dying, teaches active contemplation of the mind toward living clearly and with meaning.

Graceful Exits

Sushila Blackman, Graceful Exits – How Great Beings Die, 2005, Shambala Publications, Boston, Massachusetts. A collection of stories about the deaths of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Zen Masters. Short vignettes with positive, dignified messages.