Bridging the Gap Kimberly C. Paul
This moving collection of written vignettes tells of life lessons learned and meaningful experiences had by Ms. Paul in her eighteen years working in a hospice program. You will come away feeling a new comfort level in being with someone who is facing dying… and in being a part of conversations about our mortality as humans. It is so true, when we allow the dying to become our teachers, we find ourselves embracing living in a new and wholesome way. Be inspired to design your own life and death around what matters most!
Awake at the Bedside Koshin Paley Editor
This book isn’t about dying. It’s about life and what life has to teach us. It’s about caring and what giving care really means. In Awake at the Bedside, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, chaplains, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, uplift, comfort—and change the way we think about death. Equal parts instruction manual and spiritual testimony, it includes specific instructions and personal accounts to inspire, counsel, and teach. An indispensable resource for anyone involved in hospice work or care-giving of any kind.
Being Mortal Atul Gawande
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end
The Violet Hour Katie Roiphe
In the recently released The Violet Hour, Katie Roiphe investigates the last days of six great thinkers, writers, and artists as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death, or what T. S. Eliot called “the evening hour that strives Homeward, and brings the sailor home from sea.” By bringing these great writers’ final days to urgent, unsentimental life, Katie Roiphe helps us to look boldly in the face of death and be less afraid. “A beautiful and provocative meditation on mortality.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Listening Below the Noise Anne LeClaire (Will always have this on my bedside table!)
A meditation on silence, the art of being present, and simple spirituality from critically acclaimed novelist Anne D. LeClaire (Entering Normal, The Lavender Hour), Listening Below the Noise offers a practical path to achieving calm, peaceful solitude in hectic lives. Practitioners of yoga and meditation of various traditions have long known the curative powers of stillness; in Listening Below the Noise, LeClaire offers her own unique, compelling version of this ancient wisdom tradition.
Making Friends with Death Judy Lief
In Making Friends with Death, Buddhist teacher Judith Lief, who’s drawn her inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, shows us that through the powerful combination of contemplation of death and mindfulness practice, we can change how we relate to death, enhance our appreciation of everyday life, and use our developing acceptance of our own vulnerability as a basis for opening to others. She also offers a series of guidelines to help us reconnect with dying persons, whether they are friends or family, clients or patients.
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communications of the Dying
Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
In this moving and compassionate classic—now updated with new material from the authors—hospice nurses Callanan and Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share.
Being with Dying Joan Halifax
The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.
Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying Wisdom of the World Series
Through words and music, this beautifully designed CD set offers heartfelt words, from some of the world’s greatest visionary leaders, set to original soul-stirring music, creating an atmosphere of relaxation, insight, and healing. Graceful Passages addresses themes of letting go, closure, expressing love, forgiveness, appreciation of life, and continuity of spirit from different perspectives and faith traditions. A compelling musical score, created by a pioneering healing music artist and award-winning composer, lovely still-life photographs, and elegant design create a gentle invitation for the reader and listener to reflect upon what matters most.
Moments of Life…Honoring Death Personal Story from Beacon Hospice and NHPCO
For the Families of the Dying, Coaching as the Hours Wane New York Times