A Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis
Written after his wife's death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," Lewis's classic work is an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.
American Way of Death Revisited
by Jessica Mitford
When first published in 1963, this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Written with scathing wit, Mitford's exposé of the American funeral industry is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz Chast held to the practices of denial, avoidance and distraction. But when her mother suffers an accident, the tools that had served Chast well through her parents' seventies, eighties and early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies, the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role, aging and unstable parents leaving home for an institution, learning to respond to uncomfortable physical intimacies, managing logistics and hiring strangers to provide the most personal of care.
Death Class: a True Story about Life
by Erika Hayasaki
A journalist details how Norma Bowe, the professor of a popular class on the stages of dying, death, and bereavement at Kean University in New Jersey, shows her students how to truly heal and live their lives through contemplating the end.
Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death
by Erica Brown
Brown presents an affirming meditation on living fully and preparing for death that guides readers on an emotional journey drawing on the wisdom of myriad spiritual traditions, covering a range of practical issues while sharing compassionate, illustrative stories.
The Conversation: a Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care
by Angelo Volandes
Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. Volandes believes the question 'How do you want to live?' must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose.